Rambo: First Blood Part II
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As Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) takes off for the second time to save U.S. POWs and fight at least two armies nearly single-handedly, he may not fly as convincingly as in his first, 1982 appearance, but he certainly lands as a buzz-word for the super-human macho hero. Stallone Rambos his way out of a prison camp with the help of his old Green Beret buddy Trautman (Richard Crenna), who arrives to free him for more active duty. It seems the U.S. government wants him to liberate those POWs - but does it? Rambo's ire reaches explosive levels when it turns out that the whole mission is PR for the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

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"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
"An endless parade of people glowering, being pensive, skulking, but with all the sonic and visual trappings of a trashy action movie insisting that it's big noisome fun."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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)
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