Metascore
23

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 23
  2. Negative: 20 out of 23
  1. A shoot-'em-up for cynical times. Its only asset is Seagal himself, and frankly, he's is getting a bit past it.
  2. 50
    So audaciously bad it's good, which is about as close to quality as Seagal is likely to get these days.
  3. 40
    The most exhilarating fight by far is an acrobatic wall climber between Ja Rule and Nia Peeples, choreographed by Hong Kong's Xin Xin Xong (The Musketeer) who, in terms of thrills per minute, is the movie's real star.
  4. What we get, while rarely boring, is a succession of senseless scenes bathed in formula-thriller blue light, full of blazing Uzis, exploding helicopters and sentimental male bonding.
  5. The martial arts are well represented, the gentler arts -- like, for example, acting -- are not.
  6. Has the cheesy, deadened feel of a straight-to-cable film.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    Steven Seagal's acting style is so minimal that we can almost believe a script that tells us that his character's near-death experience left him flatlined for 22 minutes.
  8. 38
    Brilliantly named Half Past Dead -- or for Seagal pessimists: ''Totally Past His Prime.''
  9. 30
    Sleek, pointless action picture.
  10. 30
    Half Past Dead would’ve been a bad film without Seagal anyways, but he fails long before any of the other parts do.
  11. Reviewed by: Walter Dawkins
    30
    Morris Chestnut, known for his "Best Man"-style nice-guy roles, is surprisingly effective against type as the evil commando leader, but he's handcuffed by a script that never adequately explains his motivations.
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    30
    In recent years, Steven Seagal has been steadily losing any firm standing as even a B-grade actioner icon, and by the genre's most basic standards, he now displays a visible fatigue and lack of interest that proves deadlier than any of his hero's skills.
  13. About as weak a movie as can be made without actively trying.
  14. Stupid. Illogical. Simplistic. Pandering. And those are its good points.
  15. When Seagal's undercover FBI agent Sascha Petrosevitch waddles into the big house wearing a do-rag and a billowing blue jumpsuit, it's the funniest jailhouse-flick scene since Gene Wilder's white-boy strut in ''Stir Crazy.''
  16. Call this one "Die Hard" on Alcatraz, and this time the "cuckoo crazy" maverick has got the homeboys on his side.
  17. This lame hostage movie doesn't even deliver for Seagal fans.
  18. Absent one original moment and bathed in de rigueur steel blue punctuated by sporadic bursts of flaming orange, the movie is notable only for its creative approach to Seagal's bulky gracelessness: Not since "Apocalypse Now" has a film gone to such lengths to hide what its star looks like.
  19. 20
    After several scenes of this tacky nonsense, you'll be wistful for the testosterone-charged wizardry of Jerry Bruckheimer productions, especially because Half Past Dead is like "The Rock" on a Wal-Mart budget. And the marked-down price tags are incredibly visible.
  20. Here, common sense flies out the window, along with the hail of bullets.
  21. 12
    It goes through the motions of an action thriller, but there is a deadness at its center, a feeling that no one connected with it loved what they were doing.
  22. “This is just like a video game,” observes rapper-cum-actor Ja Rule, taking aim during one of the myriad firefights that comprise this lunkheaded, vaguely dystopic actioner. Man, is it ever.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. Aug 23, 2011
    8
    A kickass movie its one of those movies that i can watch everyday. its simple straight forward the action is just fun, the script is filled with holes but who cares its not like you where exspecting a steven s. is going to get an academy award just simply have fun wacthing it. Full Review »