First Blood
First Blood (1982)

A former Green Beret must use all of the guerrilla tactics he learned in Vietnam to save himself after he is falsely accused of a crime while visiting the lush and wild Pacific Northwest in this heart-pounding actioner. This is the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 1, 1982
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2000
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Much darker and sensitive than the sequels it spawned, First Blood is a thrilling survival adventure that takes full advantage of Sylvester Stallone's acting skills.

James Berardinelli

The darker tone, somber subtext, and generally non-exploitative violence allow viewers to enjoy the film not only as an action/thriller but as something with a degree of intelligence and substance.

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Time Out

As a Stallone vehicle this is sleek, slick and not unexciting, but crassly castrates the David Morrell novel on which it is based.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The character of John Rambo is so identified with Stallone that it's amusing to note how many actors were considered for the role, including Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This action film hangs on an interesting reversal, taking the crazed-killer-in-the-woods theme from Friday the 13th and turning it inside out-- the psychopath is now our hero, a maladjusted ex-Green Beret played by Sylvester Stallone.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Sylvester Stallone is one of the great physical actors in the movies, with a gift for throwing himself so fearlessly into an action scene that we can't understand why somebody doesn't really get hurt.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

a powerful, complex and captivating film that serves as a blockbuster action film and a serious drama

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Director Ted Kotcheff has all sorts of trouble with this mess, aside from credibility.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

First Blood is ragged and flashy; it ought to be a big success with audiences that value action for its own sake.

Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

First and most popular Rambo; and yes, bloody.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
The later Rambo films do not have a very good reputation, and deservedly so. But the first part actually has a lot more to offer than just pointless action. It… More
KJ Proulx
Taking a huge leap forward for Action/Adventure films, "Rambo: First Blood" get's the job for fans of the genre, and can even welcome newcomers.… More
Aj V
The most popular action movie of the decade, it's got a good story and a lot of exciting action. I highly recommend it.
Jim Careter
Great beginning to a legendary series.
Chris Weber
Sylvester Stallone stars as John Rambo: a lonely, alienated, and troubled Vietnam vet just trying to move on with his life until he gets unlawfully provoked… More
Alex roy
Sylvester Stallone had already carved himself a niche with the Rocky films. But to me, the ultimate Stallone films has got to be the Rambo franchise. First… More