Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 34
  2. Negative: 13 out of 34
  1. As in "The Edge," in which Alec Baldwin and Anthony Hopkins were stranded in the wilds, you can earn a wildernesssurvival merit badge just from watching.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Del Toro does remind you of Brando here; unfortunately, it's the Brando of ''Apocalypse Now,'' the one with the green face and puffy line readings. Jones fares better, even if he wears the same grieving-for-humanity expression throughout the film.
  3. To be fair, Friedkin does amp up the tension when called for. If only it were all for some purpose, or in service to a story that actually went somewhere.
  4. Has so little going for it, you wonder if you've missed something.
  5. Reviewed by: Henry Sheehan
    This superficial nonsense is easily ignored; that the movie runs out of gas at the midpoint isn't.
  6. Essentially a reheating of 1982's "First Blood" -- a psychologically wounded warrior-vet pits himself against civilized America -- but the fallout this time is simultaneously more ruthless, less emotional, and duller.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Learner
    The movie appears brutally cut which might explain its inability to develop a thought, much less any narrative momentum.
  8. Friedkin is steeped in gore, like some cinematic Macbeth, and it's obscuring his artistic vision.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    You keep waiting for there to be more, but there never is -- other than the fact that it all gets gorier and uglier as the dyspeptic look on Jones' face progresses from a four- to a six-a-day scotch-and-peppermint schnapps hangover.
  10. 25
    The only prize this shamelessly derivative schlock is likely to be in the running for is the year's dullest thriller.
  11. It soon gets down to its real business: fights, face-offs, and showdowns mired in the shallowest sort of Hollywood machismo.
  12. 20
    The stripped-down narrative is almost an apology for the ludicrous story -- but it's just not enough of one.
  13. 10
    It's an A-list movie for the most brain-dead elements of the action-movie crowd.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 10 out of 16
  1. Dec 9, 2011
    Wow hated on so much, I loved it. Thought it was entertaing through out and well worth the watch, Good acting and action as well. It couldWow hated on so much, I loved it. Thought it was entertaing through out and well worth the watch, Good acting and action as well. It could have used a bit more story though. I would give it an 8 but thanks to negative reviews - I am giving it a 10. Full Review »