Only the Strong
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In this off-beat actioner, a former officer in the Green Beret comes back to his old stomping grounds in Miami and, seeing that his high school is overrun by a vicious drug lord, decides to take some of the school's toughest students and turn them into crime-fighting units by teaching them the venerable Brazilian martial art, capoeira.
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"The cinematography is jarring and dizzying at times; the acting mediocre."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Chicago Tribune
"A movie that exists solely for its fight sequences and to show off its star's muscles and gymnastic grace."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Solved: the problem of impoverished, understaffed, crime-ridden, drug- infested inner city schools. The solution: bongo music and a new Brazilian brand of martial arts that transforms incorrigible students into zealous anti-crime mercenaries."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Only the simple-minded will find much to cheer in this martial arts actioner, which has the queasy feel of a movie slapped together by the marketing department."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"The film is clumsily assembled and edited, heavy on the slow-mo, and its simplistic story plays like The Kids From Fame armed with very sharp knives."
‑ Joe Brown, Washington Post
"Dacascos and Prieto are fine athletes, to be sure. But that is not enough to make Only the Strong more than a passing fancy destined for cable TV."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"A paean to the Brazilian martial art of capoeira harks back to those break-dancing quickies."
‑ Brian Case, Time Out
"If only the plot were a little less obvious, the confrontations a little less cliched."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"There's not terribly much more going on in this movie than the physical movement itself."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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