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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I don't know what Ayer is trying to prove by dunking the camera in spilled guts and having it linger over charred and frozen corpses."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Sabotage starts off as a fun, nasty, occasionally surprising little piece of genre filmmaking. But it gradually loses the thread."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Arnie's macho crew are such an obnoxious bunch of meatheads - and that goes, too, for Mireille Enos, its lone women member - that you will struggle to care."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Writer-director David Ayer is hoping to unleash that bad guy action-noir vibe he successfully unhatched in "Training Day" and to a lesser extent in "End of Watch." This time, he lays an egg."
‑ Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
"Arnie does his best but, as so often, turns out to be limited in scope: when called upon to look upset, his inner cyborg punctures the mood; when he sighs, we snigger."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"What redeems all this, to some extent, is Ayer's bleak but honest vision... he understands how law-enforcement people witnessing the depths of humanity might lack the necessary character to climb back up."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Director David Ayer has made two of the best films about the tough lives of cops -- Training Day and End of Watch -- but his streak ends with the very violent and ultimately forgettable Sabotage."
‑ Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
"Part heist film, part action thriller, part murder mystery, the movie is punishingly violent (in one scene, the camera lingers over squashed body parts after a drug agent is hit by a train). The ugliness is so pervasive it becomes perversely fascinating."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Scenes of people kicking doors down and shooting each other in the head are efficiently handled - it's everything else that's a problem."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"There won't be any awards but, for the first time, Arnie is actually acting here."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"For most of its running length, Sabotage is a gritty, compelling motion picture with twists to make a pretzel envious. Unfortunately, it overstays its welcome."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"[an] ugly, abrasive and thoroughly charm-resistant bag of slop"
‑ Jordan Hoffman,
" becomes more and more clear that virtually all of the movie's protagonists are unlikable..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It is worth remembering that John Wayne, an actor almost as inexpressive as he is, did much of his finest work at the tail end of his career. Sadly, post-gubernator Arnie hasn't yet found his equivalents to True Grit or El Dorado."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"The so-called Governator has returned to what he does best, or maybe not best, but certainly most lucratively, making films high on action and low on credibility. Sabotage scores impressively on both counts."
‑ Brian Viner, Daily Mail [UK]
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