The Exterminator
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A Vietnam veteran declares a one-man war on crime in this vigilante revenge thriller. Michael Jefferson (Steve James) saved the life of his best friend John Eastland (Robert Ginty) while the two were serving in Vietnam, so when Jefferson is left permanently paralyzed after a vicious attack by muggers, Eastland is determined to get revenge. Declaring war not only on the thugs who injured Jefferson but the entire lawless underclass, Eastland becomes known as "The Exterminator" for his swift and deadly retaliation against muggers and other street criminals. While Eastland's actions… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Exterminator is a sick example of the almost unbelievable descent into gruesome savagery in American movies."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Prime revenge action cinema that will feed the appetites of fans of Dirty Harry and Charles Bronson..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Right-wing nonsense"
‑ John Esther, Pasadena Weekly
"An action film with little action. Contrived script instead opts for grotesque violence in a series of glum, distasteful scenes."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"As depicted literally here, going through the meat grinder is an apt metaphor for the Vietnam experience, and for the intended impact on audiences of movies like this one."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"D-grade Death Wish leech."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Even connoisseurs of violence will be disappointed in The Exterminator since its grisly events are not actually shown on screen."
‑ Tom Buckley, New York Times
"One of the most wretched of all film genres is the vigilante justice movie, and this must-to-avoid Death Wish takeoff is one of the worst of its ilk."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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