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First Blood (Rambo: First Blood)
A former Green Beret must use all of the guerrilla tactics he learned in Vietnam to save himself after he is falsely accused of a crime while visiting the lush and wild Pacific Northwest in this heart-pounding actioner. This is the Sylvester Stallone film that introduced the world to the Rambo character who would go on to headline a couple of sequels.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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"The darker tone, somber subtext, and generally non-exploitative violence allow viewers to enjoy the film not only as an action/thriller but as something with a degree of intelligence and substance."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"As a Stallone vehicle this is sleek, slick and not unexciting, but crassly castrates the David Morrell novel on which it is based."
‑ , Time Out
"The character of John Rambo is so identified with Stallone that it's amusing to note how many actors were considered for the role, including Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"As befits a story of internal conflict, Ted Kotcheff lays out the action in an adroit style derived from Anthony Mann"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Now that's ballsy."
‑ Rob Humanick, Stranger Song
"This action film hangs on an interesting reversal, taking the crazed-killer-in-the-woods theme from Friday the 13th and turning it inside out-- the psychopath is now our hero, a maladjusted ex-Green Beret played by Sylvester Stallone."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Sylvester Stallone is one of the great physical actors in the movies, with a gift for throwing himself so fearlessly into an action scene that we can't understand why somebody doesn't really get hurt."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"a powerful, complex and captivating film that serves as a blockbuster action film and a serious drama"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The entryway to the disturbed psychological headspace of a single man, one bent evermore on survival, instinct trumping all."
‑ Keith Uhlich, UGO
"One of the all time most kick ass movie."
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"Director Ted Kotcheff has all sorts of trouble with this mess, aside from credibility."
‑ , Variety
"First Blood is ragged and flashy; it ought to be a big success with audiences that value action for its own sake."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"First and most popular Rambo; and yes, bloody."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"...does get loonier as it goes along, yet for a while it's actually a mournful and sobering action-movie treatment of postwar stress."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"...First Blood primarily comes off as a relatively tame survivalism flick..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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