Rambo: First Blood Part II
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The dark-horse box-office hit First Blood spawned this even more successful sequel in which Sylvester Stallone, reprising his role as ex-Green Beret loner John Rambo, is extricated from prison by his former superior Colonel Trautman (Richard Crenna) for a top-secret operation to bring back POWs still held in Vietnam. Teamed up with a female Vietnamese freedom fighter (Julia Nickson), Rambo embarks on a "reconnaissance" mission. A love interest develops in the beautiful young guide -- she dies by enemy fire; he seeks revenge. Of course, there are also corrupt American officials behind… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A thoroughly unpleasant project, quite apart from its creepy populist posturing (Stallone seemed determined to become the Huey Long of the movies)."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Sly shoots up Vietnam in glorified '80s actioner."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"It's awesome"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"Qualifies as a guilty pleasure, a good-bad 'B' movie."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The one man demolition squad blasts away again!"
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"The body count is rising, Sly's pecs are blowing up, and Rambo himself is becoming more of a brand-name than a character, a mascot for masochism and murderous self-assertion."
‑ , Time Out
"What makes this icon so significant is how wholly he was embraced by the Reagan era. After all, it only seems natural to respond to B-movie action stars when your president was one as well."
‑ Radheyan Simonpillai, AskMen.com
"...precisely the sort of unapologetically brutal piece of work that's sorely missing from contemporary multiplexes."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A "perfect" flick for the Reagan era: a simplistic, distorted comicstrip actioner that nonetheless must have tapped into the collective nightmare that some American soldiers were still held prisoners or were missing in action in Vietnam."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Shouldn't this be called Second Blood?"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"To anyone who doesn't share the camera's adoration, this sort of behavior becomes so comic that Rambo turns into something of a camp classic."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Rambo's significant beefcake factor is so pronounced in First Blood: Part II that it practically begs to be taken as queer-baiting camp."
‑ Keith Uhlich, UGO
"All in all, it's a pretty offensive movie, especially to the Americans who fought in Vietnam."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Far from credible, but a terrific, cheer-out-loud action film nevertheless. Immediately and deservedly made Stallone's John Rambo a great individualistic screen hero to rival Eastwood's Dirty Harry."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"A fossilized abomination, thankfully relegated to the bygone decade which spawned it."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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