Universal Soldier
Universal Soldier (1992)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 19, 2001
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Critic Score: 19% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Brian Lowry
Variety

Leaves behind almost as many derisive laughs as dead bodies.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Mostly this is an amalgam of ideas, images and whole scenes lifted from other movies.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

The action and the campiness barrel along in entertaining counterpoint. You can laugh when you're not absorbed with truck chases.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Universal Soldier is among Roland Emmerich better works as a director. The film is a fun and entertaining popcorn flick that no one should take seriously. The… More
Lenny Muggsy
Hilarious movie. You can't go wrong with Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren as robots, laughable and absurd in the vein of Commando. Hollywood typically… More
Phil Hubbs
The first and easily the best of the entire franchise methinks. This Emmerich film is clearly a better and well funded film than all the rest. Its glossy all… More
Emily Armstrong
This movie is more fun than a barrel of bodybuilders. If you can get past the silliness of the US military apparently stealing the workd of Mr. Freeze and… More
Sophie Burgess
Not critically very good however the story was interesting and it was just something easy and fun to watch. Van Damme and Lundgren were good in the roles… More
Conner Rainwater
It is an incredibly unique and outlandish plot that almost anyone can get into and enjoy. While it's not perfect or exactly good on a serious level, it is… More

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