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Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren play archenemies from beyond the grave in this action film. During the Vietnam War, Luc (Van Damme), hoping to be sent home, comes upon blood-crazy Scott (Lundgren), who is starting a one-man genocide program. When Luc tries to stop Scott's carnage, Scott fights back and they end up killing each other. But now the government gets involved, cryogenically freezing their corpses and using their bodies in a secret government project call "UniSols" --turning the dead men into android fighting machines. Luc and Scott are now metallic fighting… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Leaves behind almost as many derisive laughs as dead bodies."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"Though the idea is dumb enough to be fun, director Roland Emmerich does the Terminator thing without much style, and the two stars bash into each other but never connect."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"There's a decent bit of escapism in here somewhere, but Emmerich doesn't possess the finesse to make the material rampage as it should."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"It may be little more than an expensive arcade game for overgrown kids, but it moves too fast for critical flak to stick."
‑ , Film4
"Carolco seems to cut these guys out with cookie cutters. They seem to be martial artists with foreign accents, and the way some people habitually smoke after sex, they pun after killing people."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Mostly this is an amalgam of ideas, images and whole scenes lifted from other movies."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"I suppose there is a market for this sort of thing among bubblebrained adolescents of all ages, but it takes a good chase scene indeed to rouse me from the lethargy induced by dozens and dozens of essentially similar sequences."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"There are some pretty decent stunts-especially the one where the two main Uni-Sols go rappelling face-first down Hoover Dam-but they hardly make this $23-million turkey worth your eight bucks."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Roland Emmerich's best film, and Lundgren's best acting job. Admittedly that ain't saying much in either case, but a fun flick all in all."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Universal Soldier may flex its muscles at every opportunity, but it's still second-rate Schwarzenegger."
‑ Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle
"Mr. Lundgren, who glowers his way all too convincingly through the role of a rabid bully, may well be the only man in the universe who can make Mr. Van Damme look like an actor."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The action and the campiness barrel along in entertaining counterpoint. You can laugh when you're not absorbed with truck chases."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"With no real plot tying them together, the impressively staged big scenes become empty exercises in logistics, while the smaller scenes never develop any momentum."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In the end, the main drawback is the brainlessness of the story and the lack of a believable emotional payoff."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Even with this early movie, [Emmerich] had a propensity for stealing clichés from other movies..."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
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