Talking Points: Fans and Critics Are Divided Over Rambo!

John RamboIt’s been an interesting ride for ‘ole Rambo over the past few weeks. The fourth film in the Rambo series has been met, since its inception, with a diverse range of opinions from fans, bloggers and film industry pundits alike. Some have absolutely loved the idea of a carnage-heavy, all out war homage to the first three films — raising Rambo’s body count into the stratosphere. While others debate the need and/or the purpose of going back and re-hashing another has-been Sly Stallone character, a la Rocky Balboa.

Personally, I thought Rocky Balboa was a well done, respectful way to end the Rocky saga. And not having seen Rambo, I find it difficult to comment. My instincts tell me though, that it is probably not a very good film — but that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyable.

And now that Rambo has driven his way into theaters this weekend, he has been met with an almost ridiculously diverse amount of responses. The critics say it is a rotten egg, with the film earning a 35% rotten rating on RottenTomatoes. Our own Loukas Tsouknidas called it “sad” and “ugly”.

On the other side, we have the fans, who have given the film very high marks on IMDB‘s user rating scale. As of today (January 27), Rambo is currently at an 8.5 out of 10 rating (4,244 voted), placing it 195th All-Time… Yes, that is “In the History of Film” All-Time! Our own Kevin Carr seems to agree, saying “Sylvester Stallone may be eating at the 4:30 buffet and paying with his AARP card, but he can still make one hell of an action flick.”

So there you have it — fans and critics are deeply divided over this film. Now it is time for you to voice your opinion in this weekend’s Talking Points article!

Talking Points: Did you see Rambo? What do you have to say about it?

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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