Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14

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  1. A throwback to all those guilty pleasure action movies.
  2. 67
    While The Marine proves a poor showcase for the charisma-impaired Cena, it's a terrific vehicle for world-class heavy Patrick, who is clearly enjoying himself as the kind of deranged lunatic who interrupts a long string of felonies to confirm the details of his new cable package.
  3. A delectably bad '80s-style actioner.
  4. 50
    Lunkheaded but entertaining action flick.
  5. The film's saving grace are its fast pacing and generous doses of humor, the latter of which is mostly provided by Robert Patrick's sly delivery of the many wisecracks doled out by his villainous character.
  6. 50
    Tongues are planted firmly in cheek; it’s impossible to endorse a full price ticket, but fans of campy action should check this out.
  7. Granted, this movie is unlikely to threaten "The Departed" at Oscar time. But for mindless entertainment, you could do a lot worse.
  8. 50
    What follows is serviceable action set to music you'd find in a video game -- or a military ad.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Junky, jokey and sometimes both at once, pic marks yet another attempt by World Wrestling Entertainment to establish one of its burly superstars as a movie lead.
  10. 50
    The Marine is bad in just the right way, a mindless throwaway that's at least smart enough not to take itself too seriously.
  11. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    What’s a muscular guy like John Cena doing in a flabby movie like this? This connect-the-dots action-adventure may appeal to undemanding ten-year-old boys but will bore everyone else.
  12. 40
    Co-starring as Rome, the ringleader with "intimacy issues," Robert Patrick appears to be enjoying himself. That makes one of us.
  13. Patrick leaves no scenery unchewed, and, in doing so, he gives life to an otherwise by-the-book script and proves once again that in Hollywood, it’s usually the bad guys who turn out to be the best characters.
  14. 25
    The movie's prideful silliness makes it semi-watchable in the manner of Saturday afternoon cable flicks like "Delta Force."
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 9 out of 22
  1. JordanS
    May 15, 2009
    Great movie! It had a All-Star cast!
  2. GerronK
    Aug 6, 2007
    The Marine has its problems, a lot of them doing with the acting and its sometimes weird comedic timing, but for the most part it's an The Marine has its problems, a lot of them doing with the acting and its sometimes weird comedic timing, but for the most part it's an entertaining action movie which know well enough not to take itself seriously. I mean, it could be a whole lot worse. Full Review »
  3. JonathanS
    Oct 24, 2006
    The best action movie since Triple X.