Why Expendables 4’s Reviews Are So Much Worse Than The Last 3 Movies

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Summary

  • The Expendables 4 has received the worst reviews of the franchise, with critics claiming it has grown old and run out of ideas.
  • Despite hopes that the movie’s action and new characters would save it, negative reviews still outweigh any positive aspects.
  • The movie’s Rotten Tomatoes score of 17% is a franchise low, nearly half of the previous record low, suggesting this could be the end of the franchise.


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The Expendables 4 has received the worst reviews of the franchise, and its Rotten Tomatoes score is so much lower than the last three movies as a result. The action movie franchise headlined by Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham has never been one to get the best reviews. This included the franchise hitting a new low with The Expendables 3, which played a part in it taking a decade for the Expendables team to come back. The passage of time allowed nostalgia to fade even more and Hollywood action movies to level up to new heights, creating new challenges when it came to The Expendables 4‘s reviews improving.

That did not mean that all hope was lost on the over-the-top action franchise. The Expendables 4‘s R-rating was viewed as many as a sign that the franchise was returning to its roots as a classic throwback to 80s and 90s action movies. The movie also boasts a talented cast that includes newcomers like Megan Fox, Andy Garcia, Tony Jaa, and Iko Uwais, who each bring a certain level of excitement. Although it could be argued that the movies are a bit more critic-proof in regard to negatively impacting the box office, it would still be in The Expendables 4‘s benefit to get great reviews. That is not the case, though.

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The Expendables 4’s Reviews Accuse The Franchise Of Growing Old

Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables 4 image

The critical consensus for The Expendables 4 is quite vicious, as the most common complaint is that the franchise has officially grown old and run out of ideas. This can be traced to another underdeveloped story, which is standard for the franchise, and failing to get the most out of the assembled ensemble. There are even some claims that the movie feels more like a ripoff of The Expendables franchise rather than a proper entry in the saga. All the criticisms are levied against the movie without much favoritism or points of redemption, with several reviews suggesting The Expendables 4‘s ending needs to be the end of the franchise.

Little White Lies

In cinematic terms, Expend4bles is the encrusted leavings which sit at the bottom of the cultural drip tray, a work that doesn‘t even manage to own its own camp value. It should henceforth act as a relative yardstick for how bad things can really be.

Deadline

Expendabes 4 is ambushed by its own utter lack of new ideas or better ways to use the talents of the many charismatic actors who did turn up to work for various lengths of time.

AV Club

[The Expendables 4]’s a maddening mix of squandered opportunities and baffling creative choices. Lackluster on practically every level, this ought to be renamed The Disposables as it’s a giant waste of everyone’s time and talent.

Collider

It makes for the worst Expendables yet. The occasional moment of machine gun motorcycle jousting aside, it is a largely dull and dreary experience that never feels like it is ever anything more than a hollow mimicry of far better action works of the past.

THR

This edition — essentially a sub-par Jason Statham vehicle featuring a brief appearance by Stallone and several new castmembers who fail to make much of an impression — indicates that it’s time to put a fork in the series; it’s done.

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The Expendables 4’s Action & New Characters Don’t Save The Movie

Expendables 4 Streaming Release

If there is any potential saving grace for The Expendables 4, it is meant to be the movie’s action and its new characters. Mileage will vary with how much audiences get out of both elements, but they are the pieces that even the negative reviews manage to talk a bit positively about. While the majority of critics still do not think this is enough to make The Expendables 4 worthy of a positive score, those who do find fun with the action, characters, and humor wound up having a more enjoyable experience.

San Francisco Chronicle

But the latest chapter, “Expend4bles,” makes the best case possible for resurrecting this moribund franchise. The story is good, the script devises some genuinely gripping situations, and there are some laughs to lighten the mood. Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham have a winning rapport, and the movie doesn’t overstay its welcome.

Washington Post

The movie is unsurprising and not especially ambitious, but it’s agile enough to vault over most of its flaws.

Boston Herald

What the “Expendables” fans want from new-to-series director Scott Waugh (“Hidden Strike”) is action and bloodshed, and they get those elements in spades in “Expend4bles.” But what they also get are some admittedly amusing running jokes about the advanced ages of some of our heroes, especially Stallone.

London Evening Standard

Ultimately, it’s the least familiar cast members — to western audiences, anyway — who deliver most. Thailand’s Tony Jaa (from the Ong Bak films) and Indonesia’s Iko Uwais (The Raid, The Raid 2) rejuvenate every scene they’re in with thrilling martial arts and — in Jaa’s case — enjoyably idiosyncratic line delivery.

Despite the attempts of more favorable reviews to bolster the movie’s reputation, The Expendables 4‘s Rotten Tomatoes score is a franchise low by a wide margin. It sits at a paltry 17% based on 66 reviews and a 3.7 out of 10 average score. This is nearly half of the franchise’s previous record low, The Expendables 3‘s 31%, and behind The Expendables‘ 41% score. It also means The Expendables 4 pales in comparison to The Expendables 2, which remains the only entry to have a Fresh critical consensus at 67%. Unless the box office overperforms, this might be the franchise finale some critics call for.