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  • Summary: Twenty years after the last film in the series, John Rambo has retreated to northern Thailand, where he's running a longboat on the Salween River. On the nearby Thai-Burma border, the world's longest-running civil war, the Burmese-Karen conflict, rages into its 60th year. But Rambo, who lives a solitary, simple life in the mountains and jungles fishing and catching poisonous snakes to sell, has long given up fighting, even as medics, mercenaries, rebels and peace workers pass by on their way to the war-torn region. That all changes when missionaries are captured by the Burmese Army. Pastor Arthur Marsh turns to Rambo for help. Although the United States military trained him to be a lethal super soldier in Vietnam, decades later Rambo's reluctance for violence and conflict are palpable, his scars faded, yet visible. However, the lone warrior knows what he must do. (Lionsgate)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 26
  2. Negative: 7 out of 26
  1. 80
    A straight-ahead exercise in brutality.
  2. Rambo teaches that fighting sucks, good intentions can be futile, and coalitions of the willing are a charade: A man's got to do what a man's got to do.
  3. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    60
    Gorier, meaner and uglier than anything Sylvester Stallone has made before, and as such damnably effective in rousing your blood lust, this wind-up groin kicker of a movie seems initially as wary of being pulled back into a dirty job as its reluctant hero.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Alt
    50
    Rambo is surprisingly effective as an action movie precisely because the villains seem truly dangerous and the "mission" truly a death wish.
  5. 38
    Needlessly violent? No, Rambo is needfully violent. Johnny R. is a man constructed of violence.
  6. With its first-person-shooter perspective and gun-andrun narrative, this one’s for the PlayStation crowd. It’s not a movie. It’s an adrenaline pump and purveyor of raw carnage.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 163
  1. May 23, 2011
    10
    One of my favourite movies, it really deserves more than it got. Great story and action, Stallone is really charismatic. An awesome finale to the series. Collapse
  2. Mar 27, 2011
    9
    Great action movie that was severely under rated by the critics! If you're a fan of any of the previous Rambo films then this is a must see. I think the soundtrack also deserves a special mention as well as the excellent yet simple portrayal of the main character. Visceral! Expand
  3. May 31, 2011
    9
    Kick ass, ball busting, gut pounding, non-stop action flick that has enormous conviction and emotional resonance! The theme of this film is so devastating, both emotionally and physically, and you just can't stop yourself wanting to see Rambo kick even more ass! This film hit every target with a bullseye! Expand
  4. Jun 22, 2011
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Extremely bloody and gory fourth installment to the Rambo franchise. In my opinion, also the best. A very simple story of missionaries hiring Rambo to take them into war-torn Burma. Missionaries getting captured by ruthless hostile forces. Mercenaries getting Rambo to take them into Burma to save missionaries. Rambo having to kick-ass and save all of them. Expand
  5. Nov 26, 2011
    8
    Easily the best Rambo film in the franchise. Its a good way to send off such a classic action hero. Stallone was at his best in this film and it was good from start to finish. Expand
  6. Jun 15, 2013
    7
    Although this film lacks an original story and the acting is sub par at best, the over the top violence and unrealistic action scenes help make this film decent enough to watch it at least once. Expand
  7. Nov 14, 2013
    0
    I dont consider this as an sequel or even an Rambo movie praticular. And this coming from an guy who grew up with the Rambo series. And having Stallone as one of my all time favorite movie stars. This movie was literally an mess. Some say its better than the previous movies. Just shows how the generation gets dumber over the years. Now gore is standard in action movies? I can watch all the Rambo movies over and over. I couldnt watch this movie even when you paid me. Expand

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