The Specialist
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This over-the-top star vehicle for box office draws Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone went through a series of directors before landing in the hands of Luis Llosa. Stallone stars as Ray Quick, a former CIA bomb expert now retired in Miami after an operation against a South American drug lord went horribly wrong, resulting in the death of a child. Ray is coaxed out of retirement by May Munro (Stone) to help her get revenge on the powerful organized crime family -- headed up by Joe Leon (Rod Steiger) and his son Tomas (Eric Roberts) -- that killed her parents years before. In the meantime,… More

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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,
"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,
"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,
"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,
"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,
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