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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 4%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This movie is a stinker in every way, from the one-dimensional acting to the idiot dialogue to the surprisingly monotonous storyline."
‑ Christopher Harris, Globe and Mail
"This movie is excruciatingly dumb."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Good standard Stallone movie. Cool explosions and gratuitous fight scenes."
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
"A totally dull story that thinks it can use various explosions to make it interesting, The Specialist is about as exciting as an episode of Dragnet, and about as well acted."
‑ Ted Prigge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"A bizarre mix of explosions, histrionic acting and ridiculous plotting ... and it isn't pretty."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The Specialist is one of those films that forces the characters through torturous mazes of dialogue and action, to explain a plot that is so unlikely it's not worth the effort."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Nothing in it should surprise you, despite the twists the story attempts to take. Formula is formula."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Tedious. Ludicrous. Completely unecessary. And I mean the whole movie, not just Stone and Stallone's naked shower scene."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"Ponderous, pretentious and acted with astounding indifference, The Specialist is a big fat bore with a couple of nice explosions. It's too somber to work as camp, and too tedious to work as anything else."
‑ Scott Renshaw, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Llosa relies on stock action shots and tedious exposition to get from scene to scene. You keep waiting for something -- anything -- neat to happen, but nothing does."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"With all the preening, posing and stretching, it's hard to know if The Specialist is an action movie or an exercise video."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Isn't Sly getting a little long in the Rocky-tooth for this kind of role?"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"A truly terrible moment in action cinema"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"This film perhaps didn't deserve its horrible reputation, but very few people should have to endure watching The Specialist just in order to come to such conclusion."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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