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The Predator Reviews

September 21, 2018
This film was a mess, and easily the most disappointing film of the whole year.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
September 20, 2018
Black's latest addition to the franchise cashes in on high-octane action scenes, comedy, self-referential moments and pathological mapping that draws you into the Loonies' psychology, questions of ability and the mission at hand.
September 14, 2018
Yet another reminder that the strange alchemy of the progenitor probably can't be replicated. Hawkins is spinning in his jungle grave.
September 14, 2018
In this instance, Black seems intent on catering to as many different types of nostalgia as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 14, 2018
How could a movie with so many exciting elements be this boring?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 14, 2018
What's remarkable is that the results are so blockbuster-bland. It might've helped if Black had stuck to the band of misfits angle, pitting the Predator against a group of war-ravaged vets who have to find a way past their damage if they're gonna survive.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 14, 2018
The original was blissfully simple: alien sadist messes with the wrong dude. Here, nothing adds up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 14, 2018
On the matter of action, Black knows the trade, and it shows: This is by far the best-looking and most pyrotechnic movie in the franchise, with an impressive array of vehicles and hacked-off limbs soaring lovingly through the frame.
September 14, 2018
Whatever its weaknesses, The Predator gets its titular aliens right, offering a sampler of violent, extraterrestrial skirmishing that works more often than it doesn't.
September 14, 2018
Uncomfortably badly done.
September 14, 2018
The Predator is a confused, sloppy mess of a film, overstuffed with zingy one-liners and lacking in coherence.
September 14, 2018
The Predator is a thorough grab bag of averageness, made worse by its distinct lack of distinction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 14, 2018
Amid this cavalcade of slightly-above-mediocrity, there is the issue I mentioned earlier: The film's, um, interesting ideas about autism. (Full disclosure: I am autistic myself.)
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 13, 2018
Genre fans may enjoy this as a weekend time-filler, or in the future on an airplane. I regret that I devoted nearly two hours to a promising picture that wound up being so mediocre.
September 13, 2018
Interesting ways people are being dismembered is never going to be enough for me.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
September 13, 2018
Scenes are poorly knitted together, especially toward the end. Time and tempo break down, as if the film were snapping apart at the seams.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 13, 2018
If anything, the release of "The Predator" is a great excuse to re-watch the original.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 13, 2018
The Predator delivers a good time without demanding that we think too hard about anything. But the fallout just goes to show how some of us don't think things through well enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 13, 2018
What's wrong with The Predator goes deeper than a couple of bad cuts, but it still stinks that a promising movie was scuttled by a director's questionable decision-making - both on set and in post.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
September 13, 2018
Far more damning than The Predator's shoddy appearance is the pervasive sense that its maker would rather be making something else.
September 13, 2018
The movie pays big-time homage to 1980s cinema, including an action score that sounds like something Spielberg would have thrown away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 13, 2018
Tremblay's work is so strong, so subtle, so natural, it's as if he's in another, much better movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 13, 2018
Look, if you turn off your brain and just let the succession of images wash over you, the film can be dumb fun, just don't go looking for anything remotely resembling comprehensibility. That apparently does not exist in the Predator universe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 13, 2018
Seeking to relaunch the long-running franchise, this latest sequel crumbles underneath a wearisome mix of gore and broad comedy, yielding a laundry list of shortcomings from which it's possible to run, but not hide.
September 13, 2018
Exemplifies the lackluster result of exhuming played-out franchises that are better left buried.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 13, 2018
The Predator is filled with visual and verbal callbacks to McTiernan's movie, but there's no Schwarzenegger and no subtext, and the movie suffers from the lack of both.
September 13, 2018
Every insightful storytelling choice is met with a head-scratching one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 13, 2018
The frat house atmosphere eventually gives way to tedious bloodletting. In that regard, "The Predator" hasn't evolved at all.
September 13, 2018
"Can't seem to summon up that old Black magic."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 13, 2018
The first entry in the Predator franchise in almost a decade is a solid action romp that's even kind of ... goofy?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 12, 2018
Racially offensive quips, flagrant sexism and Tourette syndrome gags all contribute to this witless, scare-free junk.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
September 12, 2018
Not only is it utterly unnecessary, it's also surprisingly bad.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 12, 2018
The creature feature equivalent of white bread.
September 12, 2018
I must admit I actually enjoy Stephen Hopkins' Predator 2 more than I do this tired bit of unfocused pandemonium.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 12, 2018
The problem with The Predator (which Black co-scripted with Fred Dekker)is that we are watching three separate films, joined together like unwieldy pieces of lego.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 12, 2018
Uneven, occasionally unsavoury and at times frustratingly muddled, but there's enough bloody, '80s-style fun in The Predator to give it a pass from long-term fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 12, 2018
Earth hath not anything to show more daft than The Predator.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 12, 2018
From time to time its mix of foul-mouthed bro camaraderie and in-your-face violence nods in the direction of modest entertainment value, but the net effect is a whiplash-inducing muddle.
September 12, 2018
The movie's storyline as a whole fits in really well with the rest of the series, and it does a great job of paying homage to the original "Predator" movie by starting out in a jungle-like setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 12, 2018
Similar to the scenario of the original picture, it's a band of grizzled soldier types who battle the alien menaces. Missing, however, is a formidable leading-man presence in the Schwarzenegger mold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 12, 2018
Wilfully offensive and powered by a chest-thumping machismo, but it's good clean fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 11, 2018
Best of all, Black understands the geography of an action sequence, and the advantage of an R rating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 11, 2018
"The sequel to group one, only stupider" is how one soldier describes the squad, in one of the rare self-referential jokes here that actually lands. But owning it doesn't excuse it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 10, 2018
As we learn over the course of the film why the Predators keep coming back to Earth, we also see that Black doesn't take the stories and themes that the previous Predator movies explored seriously either.
September 10, 2018
If the Predator series had to be revisited, it could have ended up in far worse hands than Shane Black's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 10, 2018
Black's new movie is less the goofy, garish sequel we were hoping for and more an act of universe-building. But, hey, at least there's a bigger, badder Predator on the scene, one that looks like he's been doing CrossFit.
Top Critic
September 9, 2018
Black has captured the spirit of that bygone era of adrenaline-junkie junk without getting all retro-fussy about it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 7, 2018
There are sparks of Shane Black's humor and style lining up with the brutality and bite of the 1987 original, but they are few and far between because the end product feels misguided, and like it's been sliced and diced to the point of semi-incoherence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
September 7, 2018
Black may be a part of this franchise's origins, but as the messy, chaotic, and convoluted The Predator proves, he's not the right filmmaker to shepherd this property to its next evolution.
September 7, 2018
Even an act of noble sacrifice late in the film has a faintly goofy tone to it, reflective of Shane Black's streak of puckish nihilism, and that attitude makes him a perfect fit for this franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 7, 2018
Black populates his film with recognisable tropes and character types as well a grand throwback score, and there's a certain charm in his ability to conjure up the past without resorting to pastiche.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 7, 2018
It's aggressively pacey, overloaded with smug one-liners, gore-laden and unlikely to have much of a future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 7, 2018
With a fantastic cast and razor-sharp pacing, the fact is that this is what you want from a movie called The Predator.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 7, 2018
Thirty-one years after the original eviscerated its way through a Central American jungle, fans finally have a worthy successor with The Predator.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 7, 2018
Black's movie is so cleverly over-the-top that it's easy and pleasurable enough to watch, though never exactly scary or suspenseful.
September 7, 2018
It's an exhaustingly energetic mess in which a coherent plot and credible characters aren't even on the cluttered menu.