Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 31
  2. Negative: 11 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Mar 27, 2014
    88
    This brutal, bloody, dark and at times gruesomely funny thriller isn’t some David Fincher-esque mood piece where all the clues come together at the end. It’s more like a modern-day, Georgia version of a spaghetti Western.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Mar 27, 2014
    83
    So Ayer, the director of the new Sabotage, does it smartly, subtly, by keeping some of the Schwarzenegger totems -- the masculine power, the enormous armory, the drainpipe-sized cigars -- and raising the quality of the surroundings.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Klimek
    Apr 1, 2014
    70
    This is the disreputable, even disgusting diversion the Expendables pictures should've been.
  4. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Apr 18, 2014
    67
    There's a great sense of rot to everything as shot by Bruce McCleery, and David Sardy's score is propulsive and appropriately caustic. What ultimately works about Sabotage is the way it so unabashedly plays rough.
  5. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Mar 31, 2014
    63
    For most of its running length, Sabotage is a gritty, compelling motion picture with twists to make a pretzel envious.
  6. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Mar 31, 2014
    60
    For Sabotage, as good as it is in its first half, can’t keep it together.
  7. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Mar 28, 2014
    60
    You’re thankful when Ayer stops trying to artistically tart up this Peckinpah-lite tale of vengeance and just lets his leading man do what he does best: blow the bad guys away.
  8. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Mar 27, 2014
    60
    Sabotage’s mystery component is mostly dead on arrival, and poor Olivia Williams has the thankless job of carrying it as the no-nonsense detective searching for the killer. But as Ayer proved with his previous film, End Of Watch, he has a natural eye and ear for the ecosystem of law enforcement.
  9. Reviewed by: Leah Greenblatt
    Mar 28, 2014
    58
    You won't respect yourself in the morning, but you might have some dumb, lizard-brain fun.
  10. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Mar 28, 2014
    50
    This is the type of movie best enjoyed as a late-night indulgence on cable. Really late at night, when your eyes are still partially open, but your brain has called it quits.
  11. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Mar 27, 2014
    50
    The rest of Sabotage rarely rises to Schwarzenegger’s level, in large measure because the other characters (of which there are far too many) aren’t nearly as sharply drawn by Ayer and co-writer Skip Woods.
  12. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Mar 27, 2014
    50
    This is an extremely gory flick, with autopsy scenes to complement Schwarzenegger’s usual shoot-first sensibilities. After 30 years, it’s pointless to complain about the collateral damage in his movies, but here Schwarzenegger is taking vigilante justice to dark new levels that can only be reached via plot holes big enough for a Hummer.
  13. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 27, 2014
    50
    Sabotage cannot be called a good movie, not with a straight face. But as an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, it has something.
  14. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 27, 2014
    50
    The movie wants it both ways: bloodthirsty revenge and some finger-wagging about the tactics.
  15. Reviewed by: Mark Zhuravsky
    Mar 27, 2014
    42
    Sabotage is perfectly acceptable by it's peculiar standards, the action skillfully rendered but the scarcity of character development and perplexing ethics make the picture an uneasy watch.
  16. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Mar 26, 2014
    42
    David Ayer’s latest, Sabotage, is a sloppy DEA whodunit, distinguished by its scatological humor and gore.
  17. Reviewed by: Amon Warmann
    May 21, 2014
    40
    Arnie completists will enjoy seeing the Austrian Oak in good form, but as a whodunit thriller Sabotage is found severely wanting.
  18. Reviewed by: Simon Crook
    May 5, 2014
    40
    A bloody, scuzzy, progressively preposterous whodunnit, blending old school and new wave to neutering effect. One chunky plus: the all-new Antihero Arnie.
  19. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Mar 27, 2014
    40
    Artificially jacked up to feel like mean but serious fun, Sabotage mostly flings blood, vengeance, testosterone and clichés to the wall to see what sticks.
  20. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 27, 2014
    40
    Director David Ayer is using the blood and guts to make a point about the insane violence committed by drug cartels, yes, but the bloodshed is unrelenting and, ultimately, exhausting.
  21. Reviewed by: Peter Sobczynski
    Mar 28, 2014
    38
    This could well be the single most implausible film playing at your multiplex this weekend and bear in mind, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" is still in release.
  22. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Mar 27, 2014
    38
    There's no sense of visual artifice to match the ludicrous pitch of the script, and subsequently, the film comes off as awkward and uncertain.
  23. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 27, 2014
    38
    Stupid, sadistic, misogynistic, confusing, and more than a little ridiculous. Here’s the thing, though: It keeps you watching, if only to see how tortured the plot or characters are going to get. I’m not sure that “entertainingly awful” is a recommendation, but the shoe fits.
  24. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 27, 2014
    38
    So Arnold Schwarzenegger has reached the shaky-cam-and-hoodies stage of his career. But it’s a bit late in the day for Arnold to try to get all indie and complicated.
  25. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 27, 2014
    37
    Sabotage doesn’t exactly glorify violence, but it certainly does get off on it.
  26. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Mar 27, 2014
    30
    Sabotage isn’t any good, even if its jagged, jolting visual excesses and frenzied energy keep you awake, gasping and guffawing by turns.
  27. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Mar 27, 2014
    30
    What's most remarkable about this big, dumb exploitation movie is how carefully anything approaching psychological texture appears to have been peeled away.
  28. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Mar 27, 2014
    25
    Indisputably the most violent film of the year and disputably the worst.
  29. 25
    Watching this head-slappingly stupid movie is an exercise is seeing David Ayer sucked into the drain that Arnold’s been spiraling down ever since his “comeback.”
  30. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Mar 26, 2014
    11
    The violence is always vicious, the catalog of brutally attacked, pornographically bloody bodies is unending, and despite the abundance of action the film is terribly dull.
  31. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Mar 27, 2014
    10
    Does this mean that Sabotage is a rich, morally complex story about the gray zone between good and evil? Hell, no. It just means it is a bungle.
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 9 out of 22
  1. Mar 30, 2014
    0
    Wrong movie for Shwarzenegger. It is a gritty and gruesome action movie, and Shwarzenegger is obviously out of his usual element. It is a disaster. It is depressing watching him in this one. Nobody sane in mind would call Shwartzenegger in a movie like this. Full Review »
  2. Mar 28, 2014
    7
    Sabotage has a few blind-siding plot twists that don't quite work, but for the most part this is a solidly executed and suitably sleazy genre flick. Arnold Schwarzenegger may not be the best thing in Sabotage, but this is the best film that he's done in a long time. Sabotage is far more effective than its action-centric trailers have suggested, with the film more a mystery-thriller that actually offers Arnold Schwarzenegger and the cool ensemble a chance to act and not just shoot guns. Full Review »
  3. Apr 10, 2014
    7
    Yes it's another mindless Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun. It's got a pretty entertaining story and a lot of fun shootouts that is guaranteed to please die-hard fans of action. Acting is pretty standard for a type of movie like this, however, some of the actors, such as Terence Howard and Sam Worthington felt a bit wasted, as they didn't get the screentime that they deserved. The most notable performance by far was Mireille Enos, who delivered an unexpectedly sinister performance. Overall, it may be somewhat forgettable, but for what it's worth, it's definitely entertaining throughout and not as bad as people and critics have been saying it is. Full Review »