Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
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  1. Reviewed by: Adam Smith
    80
    There's the fact that First Blood is a first-rate, taught action thriller.
  2. 75
    Until the last twenty or thirty minutes, however, First Blood is a very good movie, well-paced, and well-acted not only by Stallone (who invests an unlikely character with great authority) but also by Crenna and Brian Dennehy, as the police chief.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    75
    Boasting some of the best use of rugged landscape since the westerns of Anthony Mann, First Blood is an effective, if outlandish, picture that exists merely for its big-screen thrills.
  4. 70
    The director, Ted Kotcheff, does a good job with the violence and suspense, working well with the wide-screen format, and he seems fully aware of the dark, subversive implications of the material, even if the screenplay doesn't allow him to resolve them successfully.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 132 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. JohnRambo
    Jan 25, 2008
    10
    Awesome film. Stallone's greatest acting performance. An instant classic imho - has brilliant character development and an excellent Awesome film. Stallone's greatest acting performance. An instant classic imho - has brilliant character development and an excellent story with some amazing gun shooting action. Awesome cast - everyone is perfectly casted and each portray the characters brilliantly. No doubt, First Blood is the best in the Rambo series. Full Review »
  2. Apr 18, 2012
    10
    this is the best action thriller movie of all times, the best performance of Sylvester Stallone in my opinion the best of the trilogy. Firstthis is the best action thriller movie of all times, the best performance of Sylvester Stallone in my opinion the best of the trilogy. First Blood should win an oscar Full Review »
  3. Nov 26, 2011
    7
    It was ok. It was interesting at first but then it just turned into a full fledged action film that was rather pointless and unrealistic (plotIt was ok. It was interesting at first but then it just turned into a full fledged action film that was rather pointless and unrealistic (plot wise). Overall it was decent. Full Review »