75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A good action movie, whose title expresses what is, more or less, a recurring motif. It also gives a sense of the film's general attitude toward life. It's a film with no ambition but to get viewers' pulses moving. It does that, and with a fair degree of wit and style.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

Bullet to the Head doesn't try to adapt its star to 2013. It just pretends that we're still living in 1986. And for 91 minutes, it just about works.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Like the amped up comeback tour of two rockers who had their heyday sometime in the mid-'80s, Sylvester Stallone and director Walter Hill (48 HRS., The Warriors) join forces for a hard-hitting exercise in beefy, brainless fun with the New Orleans-set actioner Bullet to the Head.
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60

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
The plot fails to deliver a single surprise, however, and the characterizations are thin even by the standards of the tough-guy genre.
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50

Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
It's a surprise that Stallone is as funny as he is playing a hit man paired with a cop in Bullet to the Head. He's man-cave witty in a way that his "Expendables" movies have strived for but haven't really managed.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
Sly can still fill a too-tight polo shirt at 66 - in the same way Jack LaLanne did in his later years. But no amount of movie magic can make him pass for a lethal and nimble juggernaut.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Like Stallone, director Walter Hill is also far from his heyday ("The Warriors," "48 HRS.," "Streets of Fire"), but the old-guy camaraderie behind the scenes is evident. Despite the movie being based on a graphic novel, no one adds extra flash here just to appease the kids.
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
I can't detect the hand of Hill in even a single scene in Bullet in the Head. It plays like a Stallone vanity project, impure and stupefyingly simple.
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25

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Alas, shell casings, switchblades and severed limbs are all that's offered in this vile film, whose sole redeeming quality is that it ends. Eventually.
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20

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
By the end I could have used a Bulleit to the mouth.
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48 out of 100
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