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Based on 15 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    It's the kind of movie that crumbles into trash -- non-recyclable -- if you spend more than 10 minutes thinking about it. It's designed for dumb fun, and delivers some. [10 July 1992, p.D3] show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    At least Van Damme parodies himself just enough to avoid an all-out battle of the blands . At least director Roland Emmerich slyly allows supermarket Muzak to play during Lundgren's one big emoting scene. [10 July 1992, p.5D] show more

  • 20
    The Hollywood Reporter

    It's a bad memory trip through the wasteland of movies past, swamped with bonehead dialogue, stock parts, cookie-cutter romance and gunked to the gills with generic techno-drool. [8 July 1992] show more

  • 63
    Boston Globe

    German director Roland Emmerich's action sequences are terrific and funny. [10 July 1992, p.37] show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 50
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    The film is actually fairly well made, with a brisk tempo pace, a professional look and enough competently staged action. show more

  • 25
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Universal Soldier, for all its sound and fury, isn't much fun. [15 July 1992, p.E5] show more

  • 30
    Steve Davis Austin Chronicle

    As the robotic duo, Lundgren and Van Damme have found roles tailored to their acting abilities. show more

  • 33
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Viewers primed for a postapocalyptic blowout will be disappointed to learn that Universal Soldier is set in the boring old present day, and that until the climactic clash the film is slow-moving and short on firepower. show more

  • 60
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    It may be standard-issue stuff, but it looks great and it almost makes you nostalgic for the days when stuntmen reigned supreme and mayhem and computers never knew how much they had in common. show more

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