Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Nov 28, 2012
    91
    It may very well be the best action movie of the year.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 26, 2012
    91
    Hyams delivers a remarkably satisfying action-thriller hybrid that constantly pushes ahead. It's one of the best action movies of the year simply because it keeps hitting the right beats.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 29, 2012
    75
    An intensity of purpose and a patient, suspenseful directing style make the B-movie Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning superior to most of the big-budget action films I've seen lately.
  4. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Dec 3, 2012
    70
    Hyams's film, which may at first seem like a glorified VOD entry in a forgotten franchise starring has-been action stars, is an admirably tense sci-fi/horror adventure that somehow turns its considerable limitations into virtues.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Nov 27, 2012
    70
    Against the prevailing cheerlessness, these intensively choreographed fights, many shot in audacious, roving single takes, are like glimpses into a dream world.
  6. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Nov 27, 2012
    70
    Playing like a mash-up between "Enter the Void" and "The Raid," Day of Reckoning is an uncommonly assured slice of bargain bin cinema, as arresting to watch as it is impossible to comprehend.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Sep 30, 2012
    70
    There's something perversely fascinating about helmer John Hyams' freewheeling yet deliberately paced mashup of noirish mystery, splatter-movie intensity, first-person-shooter vidgame and "Apocalypse Now"-style surrealism.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Nov 29, 2012
    60
    The movie creates something of the sensation of huffing industrial solvents - in a good way! - a waking-sleep zombification that can't exactly be described as pleasurable but definitely has an odd, distinct power.
  9. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Nov 29, 2012
    60
    This bloody wallow in sweat, guns and fisticuffs - for those who swing that way - delivers.
  10. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Nov 29, 2012
    60
    Say what you will about the confused narrative, blatant borrowings and wildly over-the-top gory violence of Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning -- at least you can see what the hell is going on.
  11. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Nov 27, 2012
    60
    It's almost worth wading through the wearisome setup to get to the fun stuff. But there is a reason fast-forward buttons were invented.
  12. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Nov 28, 2012
    58
    Consider this a public service announcement: Folks who have a problem with onscreen flesh-hacking - or the fact that franchise stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren aren't in the movie all that much - should stay home.
  13. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Nov 28, 2012
    50
    As with all the films in the Universal Soldier series, this is mostly a catalog of increasingly brutal fights, which are the main attraction in and of themselves.
  14. Reviewed by: John Semley
    Nov 20, 2012
    50
    Like a stiff Schwarzeneggerian conqueror making good on an "I'll be back," John Hyams returns to one-up the franchise again.
  15. Reviewed by: Jen Yamato
    Sep 26, 2012
    45
    In the least, and most significantly, Day of Reckoning should propel British martial artist/stunt veteran Adkins out of the niche genre world - action cinema's Adkins diet?
  16. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Nov 29, 2012
    40
    It's up to you to decide if his oddly artsy vision, which pulls in first-person perspectives, surreal memories and highbrow cinematic references, suggests interesting ambition or misplaced pretension.
  17. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Nov 29, 2012
    25
    The latest undead-soldier story carries on the franchise tradition of graphic violence and bad acting.
  18. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Dec 14, 2012
    20
    The fight sequences are briskly choreographed at least, gruesome though they are -- and, to be honest, that goes a long way in a film such as this. In fact they may be the only reason to see it, other than the chance to see Van Damme in full Col. Kurtz mode, all face-painted and droopy-eyed and bat-poop crazy.
User Score
4.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 7, 2013
    7
    The result is a very different kind of Universal Soldier movie, but one that at least has the balls to try something new. It may not always beThe result is a very different kind of Universal Soldier movie, but one that at least has the balls to try something new. It may not always be successful, but in an age when filmmakers seem happy to churn out the same movie over-and-over again, credit should go to Hyams for mixing up the tried-and-tested formula. And with the film's finale somewhat open-ended, here's hoping he gets the opportunity to further explore the Unisol universe. An entertaining Universal Soldier movie that dares to try something different. Full Review »