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Crime is the disease and Sylvester Stallone is the cure in Cobra, a high-octane rehash of the Clint Eastwood/Dirty Harry films, burnished to a 1980s action sheen. Stallone is Marion Cobretti, a cop called in when regular police methods have failed. Cobra is sent to get a cult of Charles Manson-like serial killers and to protect Ingrid (Brigitte Nielsen), a beautiful, statuesque witness who is set to testify against them. Cobra deposits Ingrid in an out-of-the-way town for safe-keeping, but a mole in the police department tips off the killers. The gang comes racing into town to get Ingrid, but… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Cobra is a sleek, extremely violent and exciting police thriller."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The film trades on the same technique used by books that attack pornography by printing examples of the dirty pictures. Cobra pretends to be against the wanton violence of a disintegrating society, but it's really the apotheosis of that violence."
‑ Nina Darnton, New York Times
"Every aspect of this film is reprehensible. Stallone's character is an empty hulk; the few attempts to provide us with little insights into his character are downright laughable."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An adequate no-brainer that does little to distinguish itself from the rest of Sly's action man back catalogue."
‑ , Film4
"It's fast-paced and full of gaudy action, yet it's thoroughly unsatisfying, largely because it's so lazy."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Dated and unintentionally laughable, Cobra will always be best known for the catchphrase "You're a disease and I'm the cure." Ironically, any audience foolhardy enough to brave this ugly movie is liable to stagger out feeling mighty sick. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Sub-par Stallone shoot-em-up."
‑ Steve Crum,
"I'll take 'Ludicrous Stallone Action Flicks From the Late 80s' for $500, Alex."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"The body count is only somewhere in the high eighties -- and most of these are simply gunned down with a deplorable lack of invention."
‑ , Time Out
" exciting, blisteringly-paced actioner that benefits substantially from Sylvester Stallone's engrossing work as the title character."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Camp for adults. This is before Nielson got all puffy and drunkish too!"
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
"Worth seeing only in a "depressing time capsule" sort of way."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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