Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 35
  2. Negative: 13 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Aug 15, 2014
    75
    This has to be an intentional wink from Stallone and his contemporaries. They know their days are not only numbered as action stars, but probably should have ended long ago.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Aug 14, 2014
    75
    So let me just say that this latest rah-rah red-meat installment is the biggest and best surprise of the series. It has its flaws, but it's mostly a big, dumb, gruntingly monosyllabic hoot.
  3. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Aug 14, 2014
    67
    There have been some reports that this is the last entry in the series, but it feels like the franchise is (finally) just getting started. "The Expendables 4" anyone?
  4. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Aug 12, 2014
    67
    It is forgettable fluff, but well-delivered, and it suggests that they'll be able to keep making these as long as they can prop up the cast, and with the younger generation making a decent showing this time out, they may even be able to hand it off when the time comes.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Aug 14, 2014
    63
    It’s a preposterously overstuffed strategy that, go figure, not only works, but even cures a thing or two that ailed the previous movies.
  6. Reviewed by: Simon Crook
    Aug 13, 2014
    60
    The Expendables 3 has its cake and shoots it: armed to the nipples with vast action and bulging A-listers, but over-over-blown and overcrowded. See it for Gibson’s big-bad.
  7. Reviewed by: Jamie Graham
    Aug 4, 2014
    60
    The Expendables 3 marks a sizeable improvement on the first two outings.
  8. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Aug 14, 2014
    58
    With its third entry, the Sylvester Stallone-led Expendables franchise finally becomes the live-action Saturday morning cartoon it was always destined to be.
  9. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 16, 2014
    50
    For a mostly brainless movie, The Expendables 3 has a surprisingly dense plot, which is part of the problem. The 2-hour running length is unnecessarily long.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Aug 14, 2014
    50
    The best thing about this self-mocking affair, which runs a leisurely two-plus hours and affords plenty of time for an insane body count, is Antonio Banderas' manic gusto in the role of a gabby mercenary.
  11. 50
    Antonio Banderas pretty much steals The Expendables 3. But at this stage in that winded franchise, that amounts to petty theft.
  12. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Aug 4, 2014
    50
    Hughes and cinematographer Peter Menzies Jr. handle the assignment skillfully enough, but without much imagination, sticking to a conventional action style that is more about the quantity of explosions than nuances of execution.
  13. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Aug 18, 2014
    40
    Studying the topography of decay in a veteran actor’s face is one of the few worthy pursuits for moviegoers sitting through the epic-length, belligerently inconsequential The Expendables 3 — a picture whose very title proclaims its redundancy.
  14. Reviewed by: Jamie Neish
    Aug 14, 2014
    40
    Hughes' sequel fails because it makes no attempts whatsoever to rise above its predicable formula, even with the new cast additions and a promising director.
  15. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Aug 14, 2014
    40
    It’s all a bit like a classic-rock tribute concert, or playing with all your action figures at once, or maybe “Cannonball Run,” with the strained buddy-buddy back-and-forth.
  16. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Aug 14, 2014
    40
    Expendables 3 is a kind of ho-hum experience, wherein a lot of bullets are expended and a lot of structures exploded to minimal dramatic effect.
  17. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 14, 2014
    40
    The charm of these movies — such as it is — comes from the notion of aging action stars slugging it out between wheezes. So when Stallone brings in a new cast of mostly generic warriors, the premise, like the movie, deflates.
  18. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Aug 14, 2014
    40
    The film actually has some solid elements—a couple of appealing supporting performances, a good villain, effective comic relief, and even some awkward but sincere attempts at subtext about its aging cast. But the fact remains: An Expendables movie should be fun, and for long stretches, this one isn’t.
  19. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Aug 5, 2014
    40
    Thank the gods of war for Antonio Banderas, who single-handedly steals (and almost saves) the show as a loquacious assassin.
  20. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Aug 4, 2014
    40
    The Expendables 3 is silly and overblown, yes, and it could definitely do without Antonio Banderas‘ motor-mouth routine (not to mention an out-of-nowhere reference to Benghazi), but it's less silly and overblown than “The Expendables 2,” for whatever that's worth.
  21. Reviewed by: Andrew Pulver
    Aug 4, 2014
    40
    [A] blundering jackhammer of a film.
  22. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Aug 4, 2014
    40
    You can’t help but wonder if some important people in boardrooms watched the last two Expendables films and, between sips of mineral water, diligently noted all the ways in which the third might be made slicker and more polished, without realising the franchise’s doughy unslickness was the wellspring of its charm.
  23. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Aug 14, 2014
    37
    The movie’s action sequences are both thrilling and idiotic.
  24. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Aug 15, 2014
    30
    A sad, bad, parade of uninspired cameos and listless violence.
  25. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Aug 14, 2014
    30
    Cripplingly lifeless.
  26. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Aug 13, 2014
    30
    What the movie ultimately demonstrates is that the sum total is less than the individual parts when you add together Rocky, the Terminator, Indiana Jones, Mad Max, Blade, Zorro, Hercules, and the Transporter.
  27. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Aug 15, 2014
    25
    The Expendables 3, trading on our affection for action stars of the past, has officially worn out its already shaky welcome.
  28. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Aug 14, 2014
    25
    The latest iteration of Sylvester Stallone’s aging warrior franchise, The Expendables 3, is proof that sometimes even your low expectations can be far too high.
  29. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Aug 14, 2014
    25
    The Expendables 3 is as boneheaded and disposable as it sounds.
  30. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Aug 14, 2014
    25
    The Expendables 3 is proof a movie can be exceedingly loud and excruciatingly dull.
  31. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 14, 2014
    25
    Really, The Expendables 3 has only one thing going for it, beyond the unremarkable novelty of seeing lots of celebrities in a lousy movie. It has Mel Gibson, who is at his grim, tormented and quirky best here, playing someone who has crossed a moral line and has no regrets.
  32. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Aug 11, 2014
    25
    For all the brawn on display, the film never slows down to take in the thrill and talent of hand-to-hand combat.
  33. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 14, 2014
    20
    The Expendables 3 lets down its cast with a film that’s about as thrilling as the arrival of a monthly Social Security check.
  34. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Aug 4, 2014
    20
    This is the sort of numbskull non-entertainment that considers it worthwhile to fly in a martial-arts superstar like Jet Li and have him sit around firing a machine gun, pausing every so often to deliver the most awkward line readings of his career.
  35. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Aug 14, 2014
    0
    Time to pull the plug on this brain-dead franchise.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 206 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 70
  2. Negative: 18 out of 70
  1. Aug 17, 2014
    3
    This is the most disapointing movie of the year. I like the first 2 films becuase it showed a bunch of old action heroes doing stuff they really shouldnt because of how old they are. This one completely forgets that and says "let's add some fresh faces to atract young girls." Are you people high? Dull action, script, characters. I really can't find anything I liked. 3/10 - Terrible. Full Review »
  2. Aug 16, 2014
    10
    Critics, you **** never change. Audiences around this great nation will TRULY appreciate this exciting 3rd chapter in The Expendables franchise. And a commercial will appear on television saying that The Expendables 3 is the "#1 film in America". So suck on that! This is an ACTION-WAR film which focuses mainly on a group of ELITE MERCENARIES, which is even a much bigger team now because there are 16 mercenaries in this team. What's not to like? The Expendables series is a perfect series. It has taken a very large cast of stars to come together in order to form an even bigger team of elite mercenaries for The Expendables 3. Full Review »
  3. Aug 15, 2014
    5
    Horrible story, boring conversations and of course the same dull action sequences. That’s what defines this third installment of The Expendables.

    Just as the previous movie, it suffers with to much focus on the characters and to little on the story, which makes it so boring. Yes the actors are incredible, but if you focus to much on them and you forget the story, what’s the point then?! There are also to much talking that just made me roll my eyes of tediousness, and the CGI is a bit vague at some places. The only positive aspects with this movie is that the opening scene is great, and there are some funny scenes that I truly enjoy. But it’s not one of the movies of 2014 that I would recommend anyone to watch.

    A bit better than the first film, but worse than the second.

    The Expendebles 3 get a 5.7/10
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