G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

Director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) adapts the beloved Hasbro G.I. Joe toy line with this Paramount Pictures production that pits the Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity against the evil forces of the organization known… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 7, 2009
DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While fans of the Hasbro toy franchise may revel in a bit of nostalgia, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is largely a cartoonish, over-the-top action fest propelled by silly writing, inconsistent visual effects, and merely passable performances.

Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader

Loud, shiny, and critic-proof, this franchise launcher is basically Transformers minus the humanity.

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Christopher Orr
The New Republic

Sometimes, a film defies conventional narrative and artistic standards so utterly that it seems unfair to judge it by them.... Consider this a tone poem in 40 scraps of dialogue.

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James Rundle

G.I. Joe lacks structure, believability, decent characters, competent actors and the helmsman has clearly abandoned ship. Save yourself a headache and don't bother with this one.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

[Director] Sommers did the first two chaotic Mummy remakes; those play like Tender Mercies compared to this one.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

It's just stupid and inept, which are not uncommon traits at the tail end of the summer movie season.

Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

A dull, passionless take on a property that any fan could have outdone with half the budget. No Joe!

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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice

After a first hour that plays like a bad TV show, Sommers hits his groove with an over-the-top Paris chase sequence that, in turn, leads to an underwater finale that's absurdly overproduced, momentarily diverting, and then instantly forgettable.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

This pricey, juiceless pulp could never have been killed by critics, simply because it was already dead.

Dave White

It's about nothing, but who cares? It's the last big action movie of the summer and it does what it's supposed to do.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Okay I watched it . . I cant help it but I liked it. I know its not PURE the comics and thank god not pure the movies. But omg i had fun watching this movie… More
Everett Johnson
Now growing up, I was never a huge G.I. Joe cartoon fan. I had all the toys, but was never too big on the cartoon. Having watched this movie, I really hope… More
Albert Kim
If you're jumping into this movie to be emotionally invested into the characters and plot, don't watch this. Now I am one that hates… More
Cassandra Maples
Snake is the bad motherfucker in this cheesy film. As a fan of the original series i was not pleased on how accurate the characters were. The only one that was… More
Phil Hubbs
Based on the iconic American action figure which was originally based around real US military units/branches. Better known in the UK as the iconic 'Action… More
JY Skacto
Stephen Sommers brings Hasbro to the big screen with <i>G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra</i>.<p>For 110 minutes of screen time, the story moves at… More