After watching their respective partners die, a cop and a hitman form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy.









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Release date: Feb 1, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated R for strong violence, bloody images, language, some nudity and brief drug use
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Runtime: 92 min
Movie Reviews:
  • 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. more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine - by Glenn Heath Jr.
    Walter Hill thoughtfully regards the pummeling power of weaponry at work. more

  • 70
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    The upshot is a shoot-‘em-up with a lean palette and relatively streamlined carnage, wet but not sloppy. It can almost pass for “classical.” more

  • 70
    Village Voice - by Chuck Wilson
    Stallone looks great (even if his face doesn't quite move when he talks), while Hill (48 Hours, The Warriors) brings lean economy to the film's bloody, unapologetic mayhem. more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times - by Robert Abele
    Bullet to the Head is an adrenaline shot to your movie memory if the blunt, gleefully dumb, no-nonsense ways of '80s-style action flicks are your nostalgia drug of choice. ...

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Jordan Mintzer
    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. more

  • 70
    Variety - by Jay Weissberg
    To claim the dialogue is written to comfort the narratively challenged would be mere quibbling, as the picture's chief pleasure lies in its store of funny lines, which Stallone tosses off with genuine brio. ...

  • 67
    The A.V. Club - by Scott Tobias
    The X-factors tend to be the script and the performances, and those elements largely betray him in Bullet To The Head, which is a perfunctory exercise whenever Hill isn't busying himself with gun battles, ax fights, and other mano-a-mano confrontations. He can only do so much. more

  • 63
    New York Post - by Lou Lumenick
    An entertaining if nonsensical variation on Hill's greatest hit from that bygone era, "48 Hrs.'' ...

  • 63
    Miami Herald - by Rene Rodriguez
    Bullet in the Head is a throwback to the past with its eyes trained on the present, and it proves Hill has kept up with the times. more

  • 63
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    It's junk, and it's excessively violent, which is a given. Approach it as a Stallone movie (which it is) or as a Hill movie (which it is), but it's more interesting as a Hill movie. If it gets this director back into the hard-driving action game, then it will have done its duty. more

  • 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. more

  • 60
    Time Out New York - by Keith Uhlich
    It's pure comic-book malarkey, adapted from a graphic novel by French artist Matz. But the skeletal plot affords Hill the opportunity to go atmospherically hog wild. more

  • 60
    Arizona Republic - by Barbara VanDenburgh
    It's good enough for a brainless night of fun at the movies, though your enjoyment might hinge on your nostalgia for old-fashioned dude movies, complete with a soundtrack of wailing electric-guitar solos and a wealth of random topless babes. Unfortunately, it could have been a lot better if someone had taken out a hit on the script. ...

  • 50
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    Bullet to the Head is bloody and violent but not nearly as much fun as it should be. more

  • 50
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Joe Williams
    This is a brutal and stupid movie. more

  • 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. more

  • 50
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    An occasionally entertaining, often incomprehensible and ultimately quite average 1980s-homage mismatched buddy action picture. ...

  • 40
    New Orleans Times-Picayune - by Mike Scott
    It's done with affection, so it's hard to begrudge Hill for indulging in a postcard cliché or two. After all, it - like Hill's movie as a whole - certainly beats a bullet to the head. more

  • 40
    The Guardian - by Xan Brooks
    Even Stallone's rumbling voiceover possesses the drooping tone of a lullaby – like 45rpm vinyl played at 33. And if you think that reference is retro, you should see the actual movie. ...

  • 40
    The New York Times - by Manohla Dargis
    While the veteran action director Walter Hill hasn't done much to enliven this dull, unmemorable material, with its mechanically moving parts and popping gunfire, its dull-red splatter and spray, he has brought a spark of wit to the proceedings, starting with the figure of Sylvester Stallone. ...

  • 40
    Austin Chronicle - by Louis Black
    The film is a hoot and goes by quickly, but there's nothing here you haven't seen before. more

  • 40
    Empire - by Chris Hewitt
    Fun in parts, and Stallone's always watchable, but it's an '80s tribute movie that coasts along on rapidly diminishing goodwill. Beige Heat, if you will. more

  • 40
    Total Film - by Stephen Kelly
    Stallone's shtick keeps it from collapsing into farce but, overall, Bullet To The Head is too derivative and disposable to warrant serious attention. more

  • 38
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    Choppy and bordering on incoherent, Bullet to the Head is Stallone's answer to Schwarzenegger's "The Last Stand," an action exercise in "Here's how we used to do it." more

  • 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. more

  • 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. more

  • 25
    Washington Post - by Ann Hornaday
    Hill and Stallone seem determined simply to prove that, even in their golden years, they're still tough enough to rumble with all comers. Bullet to the Head exposes that bravado for the pose that it is, and it's not a good look. ...

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Liana Shimunova

    What’s it about? Some bad guys. And some other bad guys. And some badder guys. And bullets to the head, as though through repetition of the title in action we’re meant to finally understand the platonic ideal of how to murder a person with a gun.