After watching their respective partners die, a cop and a hitman form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy.
Film informationGenre: Action, Crime, Thriller
- 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. ...read more
- Slant Magazine - by Glenn Heath Jr.
Walter Hill thoughtfully regards the pummeling power of weaponry at work. ...read more
- 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.” ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...
- The Playlist - by Jessica Kiang
This film feels like one you discover late at night and watch for ten minutes before remembering you've already seen it, and yet we still kinda loved it. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- New York Post - by Lou Lumenick
An entertaining if nonsensical variation on Hill's greatest hit from that bygone era, "48 Hrs.'' ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...
- ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
Bullet to the Head is bloody and violent but not nearly as much fun as it should be. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
An occasionally entertaining, often incomprehensible and ultimately quite average 1980s-homage mismatched buddy action picture. ...read more
- Film.com - by Jordan Hoffman
Unfortunately the bulk of the picture is cut together like a beer commercial on poorly lit cheap video without much panache. Unless primary colors with a gauzy halo is panache. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...
- 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. ...read more
- Austin Chronicle - by Louis Black
The film is a hoot and goes by quickly, but there's nothing here you haven't seen before. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
By the end I could have used a Bulleit to the mouth. ...read more
Bullet to the Head is a throwback to the '80s. Starring 66-year old Sylvester Stallone, who embraced his action-hero reputation during that decade and directed by Walter Hill, whose biggest hits came ...
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