Universal Soldier: The Return
Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)

Jean-Claude Van Damme returns as cybernetic warrior Luc Deveraux in this sequel to the 1992 action hit. After barely surviving his experiences as a part-human/part-robot Universal Soldier, Luc has opted to stay out of the front lines and… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 1, 1999
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 5% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Universal Soldier - The Return fails on almost every level, from its generic story to its second rate action and subpar performances.

Ron Givens
New York Daily News

You, dear moviegoer, must not buy a ticket to this badly programed sequel. You must save the world from Universal Soldier III: How Bad Can It Get?

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

It's actually the fourth entry in the series, after a couple of straight-to-cable sequels. That's a lot of pulp to squeeze out of a concept that was fairly juiceless to begin with.

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Jason Caro
Radio Times

Watching a bunch of dull characters hurtling through a plate glass window about 50 times is neither inventive nor exhilarating, proving perhaps that ex-stunt co-ordinators shouldn't be allowed a stab at feature film directing.

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Barbara Shulgasser
Chicago Tribune

If Universal Soldier: The Return isn't the dullest, most derivative, unimaginative, noisy, repetitive, mind-numbing and generally imbecilic movie of the year, it's not because director Mic Rodgers wasn't trying hard enough.

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Joe Leydon

An underwhelming follow-up to one of the career-stalled action star's better efforts.

Total Film

This is cynical, manipulative, idiotic film-making. It's hard to express how bad this film is.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

For the record, this is the fourth Universal Soldier movie if you count two cable sequels, but why would you?

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

This SF action sequel must have been slapped together fast: live-action stunts created by uninspired editing lead up to computer-generated imagery that's just as lame.

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Empire Magazine

Whereas Emmerich's original had enough personality and energy to provide solid (if stupid) entertainment, Rodgers seems content to merely cobble together a succession of blatantly lifted-and poorly executed-set-pieces

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Flixster Audience Score: 23% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Sequel to Universal Soldier brings mindless action to a new level. However does it pay off? Well let me start by saying that the original film, although not the… More
Jason Spencer
Not all that good. I thought it was best to just leave it alone after the first one.
Phil Hubbs
Despite being a direct sequel to the original 92 hit this film has since become defunct and ignored within the UniSol franchise. That is of course on top of the… More
Ginny  X
Van Damme Naked whoohoo at that bum shot! ;D!!! lmao!
Jason Owens
"Universal Soldier: The Return" isn't what you think it might be if you saw the original Universal Soldier movie that starred Van Damme.… More
Dean McKenna
Good to see Jean-Claude Van Damme returns in his role and I think the original is better than this sequel because it has few exciting action sequences.