Demolition Man
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The plot of this action film begins in 1996, with Los Angeles in a violence-crazed conflagration. One of the LAPD's most notorious cops, John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone), known as "the demolition man," is in hot pursuit of blonde-haired psychopath Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes), who is so nasty he even kills sometimes just because he feels cranky. John captures Simon, but not before Simon kills innocent hostages. John is blamed for the deaths of the hostages, and both he and Simon are cryogenically frozen to remove their brand of ultra-violence from a society that is simply just… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ultimately the script's often sharp social satire is drowned out by the noise and confusion. It is also undercut by casting virtually all the psychopathically murderous criminals as minority-group members."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Forget your preconceptions, but not your brain cells and sense of irony."
‑ , Time Out
"Not for nothing does the film open on a screen-filling image of the Hollywood sign in flames, for it torches almost every supposition that a film made to showcase Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes whomping on each other can only be brain-dead."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"The pleasant surprise about Demolition Man is that both the script, and Stallone, are funny; the film blends big-budget action and tongue-in-cheek humor in the way that Last Action Hero tried, and failed, to do."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"cool as ice"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Nearly all the SF premises are accorded the status of Andrew Dice Clay one-liners -- which means that they, along with the characters, keep changing from one scene to the next."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Demolition Man is a significant artifact of our time or, at least, of this week."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Doesn't quite go far enough, instead settling for cheap gags and cheap thrills, but it tickles fairly well for a couple of hours of crashes and fireballs. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"This futuristic comedy depends on your opinion of Stallone and his unapologetic popcorn-pleasing action no-brainers. To be fair, this one is one of his better ones."
‑ Phillipa Bloom, Empire Magazine
"Not a bad mid-90s sci fi flick - and with a young Sandra Bullock in spandex to boot!"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A noisy, soulless, self-conscious pastiche that mixes elements of sci-fi, action-adventure and romance, then pours on a layer of comedy replete with Hollywood in-jokes."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Demolition Man is sleek and empty as well as brutal and pointless. It feels computer engineered, untouched by human hands. A real pod movie."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...a sporadically amusing yet pervasively underwhelming bit of early '90s cheese..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"An inspired mix of high-octane action and futuristic satire."
‑ , Film4
"Stallone and Snipes are a great double-act"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
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