Only the Strong
Only the Strong (1993)

In this off-beat actioner, a former officer in the Green Beret comes back to his old stomping grounds in Miami and, seeing that his high school is overrun by a vicious drug lord, decides to take some of the school's toughest students… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 1, 1993
DVD Release Date: December 16, 2003
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Steve Rhodes
Chicago Tribune

The cinematography is jarring and dizzying at times; the acting mediocre.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A movie that exists solely for its fight sequences and to show off its star's muscles and gymnastic grace.

Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Solved: the problem of impoverished, understaffed, crime-ridden, drug- infested inner city schools. The solution: bongo music and a new Brazilian brand of martial arts that transforms incorrigible students into zealous anti-crime mercenaries.

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Brian Lowry

Only the simple-minded will find much to cheer in this martial arts actioner, which has the queasy feel of a movie slapped together by the marketing department.

Joe Brown
Washington Post

The film is clumsily assembled and edited, heavy on the slow-mo, and its simplistic story plays like The Kids From Fame armed with very sharp knives.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Dacascos and Prieto are fine athletes, to be sure. But that is not enough to make Only the Strong more than a passing fancy destined for cable TV.

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Brian Case
Time Out

A paean to the Brazilian martial art of capoeira harks back to those break-dancing quickies.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

If only the plot were a little less obvious, the confrontations a little less cliched.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

There's not terribly much more going on in this movie than the physical movement itself.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Megan S
Definitely a 90s movie, no more, no less. A good action flick overall. My major problem was the way that the bad guy talked...his voice was terrible, I couldnt… More
Chad Roesti
Mark Dacascos does this triple lindy like spin kick horizontal to the ground - cool shit!
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Dean McKenna
Mark Dacascos makes a fantastic performance as a world-class, martial arts champion pits his strength and know-how against juvenile gangs and teaches them… More