Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 35
  2. Negative: 11 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Nov 26, 2013
    67
    Ultimately of course, this is Statham’s show, and as always he doesn’t disappoint.
  2. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 27, 2013
    63
    Luckily, Statham is up to the task. Which is a surprise, because he's never, ever done anything like this before.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Nov 27, 2013
    63
    A few months from now, no one will remember it, but Homefront isn't made for the long-haul. It's assembled simply for the 100 minutes when the viewer is in theater and, on a certain level, that's sufficient.
  4. Reviewed by: Steven Boone
    Nov 27, 2013
    63
    Sylvester Stallone can write entertaining formula action scripts like a demon, but he often hands them over to hack directors who don't know how to extract the pulp and the juice from them. On that score, Homefront is better than average.
  5. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Dec 5, 2013
    60
    This meat-and-potatoes B-thriller stays modest and grounded: compared with the noisy excesses of higher-budgeted action flicks, it has a kind of crude integrity.
  6. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Nov 26, 2013
    60
    The movie is as blunt an instrument as the poster, but it’s also crammed with enough moving parts and unexpected distractions (Winona Ryder as a “meth whore”) to make it an indefensibly enjoyable piece of exploitation hackwork.
  7. Reviewed by: Annlee Ellingson
    Nov 26, 2013
    60
    [A] contemporary B-movie Western with designs on stylistic flair.
  8. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Nov 27, 2013
    50
    Statham and Franco, both well-known sleepwalkers on camera, seem more animated than usual. Suspend belief, and you’ll find Homefront predictable but entertaining.
  9. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Nov 27, 2013
    50
    The film is mostly predictable, but throws a few curveballs and ends up being surprisingly entertaining, if not at all outstanding.
  10. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Nov 27, 2013
    50
    The new Jason Statham movie Homefront aims to be retro, greasy comfort food but despite its lowly ambitions, there’s barely enough spice here to merit a decent burp.
  11. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Nov 27, 2013
    50
    Isn’t Statham’s best — or most brutal — work, but it’s not bad.
  12. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Nov 27, 2013
    50
    At its core, Homefront is thoroughly generic, a grim exercise in formula whose action sequences are edited into a frenetic, incoherent blur, especially the awful opening setpiece.
  13. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 26, 2013
    50
    Despite being named “Gator Bodine,” Franco seems like something Statham would scrape off his boots. Put it this way: Franco needs a baseball bat to be intimidating; Statham just needs to be Statham.
  14. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 26, 2013
    50
    Homefront has craft and humor behind it, but not much in the way of inspiration. Think of a dessert with lots of calories and no nutrition.
  15. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Nov 25, 2013
    50
    This is a well-made thriller traveling over awfully familiar turf.
  16. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Nov 25, 2013
    45
    Only completists need check in with Homefront. The rest of us can just stay home.
  17. Reviewed by:  Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Nov 27, 2013
    42
    The basic ingredients of a throwback action movie are all there; what’s missing is action and style.
  18. Reviewed by: Mark Kermode
    Dec 9, 2013
    40
    Homefront has a pedigree that promises something special, but the results are solidly ordinary.
  19. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Dec 9, 2013
    40
    An unfathomably airless B-movie that betrays its USP by spreading the thrills too thinly. You can see why Stallone had second thoughts.
  20. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Dec 2, 2013
    40
    Another shake-and-bake Stath special, boasting the requisite punchy-fighty action and some pleasing sleaziness from Franco and Bosworth, but it's ponderously handled by director Fleder.
  21. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Nov 27, 2013
    40
    The violence in Homefront is violence purely for entertainment's sake.
  22. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Nov 27, 2013
    40
    A thoroughly boilerplate bayou actioner, with one notable feature. It’s got good villains – nasty, delirious, stupid villains, among them Franco and Ryder – and for that it’s almost worth seeing. Almost.
  23. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Nov 26, 2013
    40
    Why introduce two female characters — played by Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder, both excelling at trashy desperation — if the script’s ultimately going to forget them? The worst sin is visited upon Statham: Sure, those fists fly, but his poetry has become a chopped-up hash.
  24. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 26, 2013
    40
    Statham is always good as the silent butt-kicking type and is fine here. Franco, as is often the case, seems to be acting in his own private movie and having a grand old time doing so; results for the audience may vary. Bosworth is good, scary skinny and wired for trouble as a menacing mom.
  25. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Nov 27, 2013
    38
    Boston University product Gary Fleder (“Kiss the Girls”) directs the action with grungy efficiency, and the movie does hook us with a certain lurid anticipation of just how far things might escalate.
  26. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Nov 26, 2013
    38
    Homefront is what "Breaking Bad" may have resembled had Sylvester Stallone written the TV show.
  27. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Nov 26, 2013
    38
    Homefront is done in by uninspired action scenes in which Statham’s athletic prowess is rendered unwatchable by hyper-editing, a shameful reliance on child-in-peril cliches to move the story forward, and so many loose ends that you wonder if 20 minutes were accidentally cut out from the movie.
  28. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Nov 26, 2013
    38
    Line to line, Stallone has a particularly numbing penchant for the f-word. But the key f-word in Homefront is "familiar."
  29. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Nov 26, 2013
    38
    The Jason Statham vehicle Homefront is such a generic tough-guy-against-the-odds ’80s style actioner that you’d swear Sly Stallone starred in it. He did, back in the day. Or versions of it. This one, Stallone just scripted.
  30. Reviewed by: Abhimanyu Das
    Nov 23, 2013
    38
    The material plays out like a particularly busy episode of Sons of Anarchy, possessing a peculiar joylessness that's anathema to the success of films like this.
  31. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Nov 21, 2013
    30
    Homefront is sufficiently silly and low-down to be entertaining on a certain marginal level, but it wouldn't appear that those involved, with the possible exception of Franco, approached this with the idea that they might be making good trash; it looks too elaborate and costly for that and the script exhibits no self-aware humor.
  32. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Nov 21, 2013
    30
    What sounds like a veritable B-movie wet dream — with that master of the subzero scowl, Jason Statham, starring in a screenplay written by Sylvester Stallone — turns out to be considerably less than the sum of its parts.
  33. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Nov 27, 2013
    25
    It could have been crazy-good trash.
  34. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Nov 26, 2013
    20
    Director Gary Fleder seems to sometimes suspect Homefront could pass as comedy.
  35. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 26, 2013
    20
    A disappointing mess of a genre flick.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Nov 27, 2013
    7
    jason statham rock as always..film is above average..watchable action thriller..! story is bit old style....but film's postive is the star cast,stylish performances,and i like tat cute girl too..over all i give 7 out of 10 Full Review »
  2. Dec 3, 2013
    3
    I suppose it's not surprising that Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay, since the plot is so ancient it might have been etches as hieroglyph on Rambo's machine gun. There's an appeal to simple action movie, but it's nowhere to be found on the uninspiring Homefront, and even the capable cast can't save it from mediocrity. Either it's from the poor casting or lackluster predictable content, audience will most likely have little to none enjoyment watching Jason Statham bludgeoning random thugs, again.

    Jason Statham plays Phil Broker, a former undercover cop who retires into the countryside after his testimony incarcerated a drug lord. Little did he know that his past, and untidy file saving, will haunt him and his daughter. The concept is to portray the antagonist as a man involuntarily dragged into fights as he defends a frail looking little girl. Statham has done this concept in last year movie Safe, and to approximately the same undistinguished effect. The movie doesn't offer anything novel; in fact Arnold Schwarzenegger's Commando back in '80s has more flair and arguably more personality.

    There are several big names here, but they are underutilized or badly cast. James Franco brings plenty credibility, and originally I thought he'd offer more challenge in acting department for Statham, however his role as Gator just doesn't work. He doesn't convey the menacing threat to Statham, and if the movie opted for more cerebral contest, it could've been better, but instead his actions just seem random and unorganized. It is far from clever scheme the backwater hoodlum runs, it more resembles panicked redneck rampage with money as incentive.

    Winona Ryder is looking messy and not in intentionally thought provoking or sympathetic way. Honestly, I didn't even recognize her at first, she's too hectic to give more impression than just Gator's confused lackey. Kate Bosworth goes full hillbilly crackhead, profanity firing in all cylinders. Another thing that's wrong with the movie; it spews curses constantly. There are many ways to make profanity works, peppering it as ham-fisted way to lure any reaction from audience is not one of them.

    Screenplay builds up inconsistently as it gives the illusion that something dramatic might happen soon, although it unfortunately turns into average brawl yet again. Music and sound effect try too hard to sell the dynamic, in which there's barely any, they function more as loud distractions if any. Perhaps the nicest thing in the movie is how the action is done. These scenes are pretty well done; they have rough impact and believably pain-inducing, although there is only modest amount of it.

    Homefront doesn't bring anything new. The cast is talented and action is passable, but for extremely abysmal plot which audience can find at cheap bargain or rerun at Cinemax, it’s hardly worth anyone's time.
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  3. Dec 3, 2013
    6
    There's really not much to say on this one. It's your standard Jason Statham action flick that's unsurprisingly no different from anything else he's done in the past. James Franco gives what is probably the most notable performance in the entire film. However, the supporting ladies Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth both give weak and half-hearted performances. The story is rather predictable as well. Overall, from what I saw, it really makes me question if this would've been better had Sylvester Stallone not abandoned this back in the day. The only good thing I can really say was that it was somewhat entertaining while it lasted, but that's about it. Full Review »