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New York Post:
Most of us have probably seen episodes of "Antiques Roadshow'' more exciting than this PG-13-rated, interminably boring "action'' fiasco.
If you've seen the first two "Expendables," you know exactly what you'll be getting with the third: a testosterone burger, heavy on the ketchup with a hefty helping of hot lead on the side.
You need "The Expendables 3" like you need a kick in the crotch, and while this running-on-fumes sequel may not be quite as painful a thing to experience, it will waste considerably more of your time.
With its third entry, the Sylvester Stallone-led Expendables franchise finally becomes the live-action Saturday morning cartoon it was always destined to be.
Sylvester Stallone gets the band back together in "The Expendables 3" and even tries to play a new tune. To little avail, alas.
The latest in the continuing saga of Sylvester Stallone's mission to provide a work week or two to as many of his old pals as possible.
"The Expendables" series deserves a movie as muscular as its stars. For now, "The Expendables 3" isn't it.
Banderas does some of his most charming work since his turn as the Nasonex Bee
Derrik J. Lang,
The film's sporadic set pieces simply aren't captivating enough to forgive all the movie's other faults.
Los Angeles Times:
A kind of ho-hum experience, wherein a lot of bullets are expended and a lot of structures exploded to minimal dramatic effect.
At this point, the Expendables have formed and reformed so many times they're like the world's most macho wife swap, the action version of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.
A slightly breezier and dependably brainless installment of Stallone's action franchise.
The third installment in Sylvester Stallone's jobs program for expired action heroes is easily the best of the bunch, which is not to say it's any good.
New York Daily News:
"The Expendables 3" lets down its cast with a film that's about as thrilling as the arrival of a monthly Social Security check.
New York Times:
It's all a bit like a classic-rock tribute concert, or playing with all your action figures at once, or maybe "Cannonball Run," with the strained buddy-buddy back-and-forth.
Orange County Register:
The series did reignite a few careers and bring forth one decent popcorn movie (The Expendables 2). Rather than artificially extend its life, maybe the time has come to say Rest in Peace.
This Sylvester Stallone franchise has devolved into the clown car of action movies: a casting gimmick to see how many AARP actors you can cram into one vehicle.
For a variety of reasons, most having to do with a weak screenplay and poor pacing, The Expendables 3 is the least successful entry in the series.
The Expendables 3, trading on our affection for action stars of the past, has officially worn out its already shaky welcome.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Why should we care whether Sly or Mel wins? There's no good guy. There's no bad guy. There's just Mel and Sly, and they just disagree.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
So much star power packed together in one place hasn't produced such a cheesy result since the recording of "We Are the World."
The movie borrows so liberally from other action films that it starts to feel at times a bit like a BuzzFeed listicle.
This is what an earthbound Guardians of the Galaxy would be like if every character was Groot, the tree guy.
Once you take the grizzled seniors out of the picture and replace them with the United Commandos of Benetton, The Expendables 3 loses the one thing that makes it special.
Are there legions of middle-aged weightlifting nuts out there who yearn for the good old days of Chuck Norris mowing down foreign Johnnies with an uzi 9mm?
The Expendables 3 is as boneheaded and disposable as it sounds.
New York Magazine/Vulture:
Those first two movies look like Seven Samurai next to The Expendables 3, a sad, bad, parade of uninspired cameos and listless violence.