G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
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Director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) adapts the beloved Hasbro G.I. Joe toy line with this Paramount Pictures production that pits the Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity against the evil forces of the organization known as Cobra. Dennis Quaid and Channing Tatum star as General Hawk and Duke Hauser, respectively, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marlon Wayans leading the rest of the cast, including Sienna Miller, Ray Park, Rachel Nichols, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Sad Taghmaoui, and Asian film star Lee Byung-hun. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Loud, shiny, and critic-proof, this franchise launcher is basically Transformers minus the humanity."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"Sometimes, a film defies conventional narrative and artistic standards so utterly that it seems unfair to judge it by them.... Consider this a tone poem in 40 scraps of dialogue."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"A dull, passionless take on a property that any fan could have outdone with half the budget. No Joe!"
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"As is usually the case, the seething bad guys make for far more "interesting" onscreen characters than the heroes."
‑ Simon Foster, sbs.com.au
"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is like a term paper that fulfills the word count requirement and drops in key phrases to demonstrate some familiarity with the material but is largely filler."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"[Director] Sommers did the first two chaotic Mummy remakes; those play like Tender Mercies compared to this one."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"It's just stupid and inept, which are not uncommon traits at the tail end of the summer movie season."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"It's about nothing, but who cares? It's the last big action movie of the summer and it does what it's supposed to do."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"Joe is the latest bloated float in Sommers's sad parade of cinematic shame...a glorified Cannon Films production with a nasty case of ADD.""
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"It's just as you would expect: poorly acted, conventionally written and occasionally fun."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"After a first hour that plays like a bad TV show, Sommers hits his groove with an over-the-top Paris chase sequence that, in turn, leads to an underwater finale that's absurdly overproduced, momentarily diverting, and then instantly forgettable."
‑ Chuck Wilson, Village Voice
"This pricey, juiceless pulp could never have been killed by critics, simply because it was already dead."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Here comes GI Joe, a film so loud and dumb it makes Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen look like a Mike Leigh docudrama."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"G.I. Joe: Rise Of Cobra is a very throwaway experience, likely to be forgotten by the film world very quickly."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
"... it's actually better (again, the wrong word; "not nearly as awful" is closer to correct) than the recent Transformers sequel, and significantly shorter to boot."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
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