Universal Soldier - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Universal Soldier Reviews

Page 1 of 2
November 19, 2019
Cringe-inducing dialogue? Tick. Lots of shit being blown up? Double tick. Flexing of muscles as the stars of the day indulge in a display of cinematic cock-fighting? Triple tick.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
November 4, 2019
What Emmerich does do is present some very good action sequences which is probably why he was offered the opportunity to direct Independence Day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 28, 2019
All the potential of the script's premise is diluted in a footage that is summarized in sequence after sequence of persecutions and uninteresting fights. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 12, 2017
This thick-headed item is miraculously well put together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 5, 2017
One of my favorite Van Damme movies, and now it's his best franchise.
July 9, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 6, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 3, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 3, 2008
Leaves behind almost as many derisive laughs as dead bodies.
November 3, 2008
It may be little more than an expensive arcade game for overgrown kids, but it moves too fast for critical flak to stick.
June 24, 2006
Mostly this is an amalgam of ideas, images and whole scenes lifted from other movies.
June 11, 2003
Roland Emmerich's best film, and Lundgren's best acting job. Admittedly that ain't saying much in either case, but a fun flick all in all.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 20, 2003
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.
March 23, 2003
In the end, the main drawback is the brainlessness of the story and the lack of a believable emotional payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 12, 2001
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.
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Perhaps Van Damme and Lundgren trade blows more easily than lines, but the whole affair is enjoyable in a mindless way.
January 1, 2000
The action and the campiness barrel along in entertaining counterpoint. You can laugh when you're not absorbed with truck chases.
January 1, 2000
Even with this early movie, [Emmerich] had a propensity for stealing clichés from other movies...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
Universal Soldier may flex its muscles at every opportunity, but it's still second-rate Schwarzenegger.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Page 1 of 2