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Soldiers of Fortune Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 1.0
    19

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Overwhelming dislike
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 0

    out of 100

    The New York Times

    For the cast, shooting the movie (in Ukraine) may have been a working vacation, but for viewers, watching it is an excruciating sentence of hard labor.

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  • 10

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    This is a film so bad that not only was it not screened in advance for critics, it's publicists wouldn't even provide background information. It might as well have been entered into the Witness Protection Program.

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  • 20

    out of 100

    Village Voice Nick Pinkerton

    Christian "Direct-to-Video" Slater lends not a shred of credibility to the role of Craig MacKenzie.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Robert Abele

    A movie with a location named Snake Island should deliver more fun than this.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Variety Joe Leydon

    The script is so thinly written that the main characters are defined almost entirely by the actors playing them. Fortunately, seasoned pros Slater, Rhames and Cromwell are able to flesh out their boilerplate parts.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Violent action movie tries to be smart but isn't.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Soldiers of Fortune -- an underwhelming action movie with a war setting -- has lots of weapons and heavy shooting, with lots of spurting blood. Characters die. Language is strong, though not constant, and includes both "f--k" and "s--t." Characters drink alcohol from time to time, but in a background way, with no drunkenness. Supporting characters learn to work together and to be less selfish, but the main character's motivation is revenge.

  • Families can talk about the Soldiers of Fortune's violence. Which scenes are exciting, and which are shocking? Is it necessary for the movie to show so many people getting shot and killed to make its point?
  • What's the difference between the main character's story, and those of the supporting characters (the billionaires)? What do each of them learn along the way? Are any of them worthwhile role models?
  • Is the movie a satire? Could something like the "Soldiers of Fortune" program (real-life war adventures for the wealthy) really exist?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Soldiers of Fortune has a subplot about learning not to be selfish and working together -- but the main storyline is about revenge.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Several greedy, selfish, self-involved billionaires learn to be less selfish and how to work together in a tense situation. On the downside, one of them is a traitor, and the main character only resolves his troubled storyline by killing the man who wronged him.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Many powerful weapons and lots of shooting, with much spurting blood as bullets impact human flesh. In a harrowing scene, evil soldiers attack a village, blowing up buildings and shooting unarmed civilians. A man is shot by a tank. Many characters, including some of the main supporting characters, die. A character has a bullet painfully removed from his leg. Violent video games are shown and/or described, with titles like Death Porn and Baby Killer.

  • sex false0

    Sex:   

  • language false4

    Language: Language is fairly infrequent but includes a few "f--k"s, plus at least one "s--t" and the occasional use of "bitch," "bastard," "ass," "piss," "hell," "goddamn," "screw you," and innuendo like "losing your cherry." Characters also say "Jesus Christ" in tense situations.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters are shown drinking whisky, beer, wine, cognac, and champagne in a background, social way. No one gets drunk. Characters also smoke expensive cigars in more than one scene. Cognac is used to disinfect a wound and to help ease the pain of a man with a bullet in his leg.

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