New Expendables 3 Movie Received Mostly Negative Reviews From Major Critics
Lionsgate released their new, hardcore action flick, “The Expendables 3,” into theaters yesterday, August 14th, and the reviews are in from the top movie critics. It turns out that it didn’t quite sit well with a lot of them, getting only an overall 35 score out of a possible 100 across 30 reviews over at the metacritic.com site.
The film stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell and Kelsey Grammer. We’ve posted blurbs from a couple of the critics,below.
Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 75 grade, saying: “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.”
Tom Russo over at the Boston Globe, gave it a 63 score. He stated: “It’s a preposterously overstuffed strategy that, go figure, not only works, but even cures a thing or two that ailed the previous movies.”
Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 50 grade, saying: “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.”
Justin Lowe from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 50 score. He said: “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.”
Nicolas Rapold over at The New York Times, gave it a 40 score, stating: “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.”
Kenneth Turan over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 40 grade, saying: “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.”
Claudia Puig from USA Today, gave it a really bad 25 score, claiming: “The Expendables 3 is as boneheaded and disposable as it sounds.” Richard Roeper over at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it another 25 score. He stated: “The Expendables 3 is proof a movie can be exceedingly loud and excruciatingly dull.”
Mick LaSalle at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 25 grade, saying: “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.”
Joe Neumaier at the New York Daily News, gave it a 20 score. He stated: “The Expendables 3 lets down its cast with a film that’s about as thrilling as the arrival of a monthly Social Security check.”
Justin Chang from Variety, gave it a 20 score, stating: ” 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.”
Finally, Lou Lumenick from the New York Post, gave it the worst with a 0 score, saying: “Time to pull the plug on this brain-dead franchise.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.