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Bullet to the Head also known as “Headshot,” “Du plomb dans la tête,” “Jimmy Bobo - Bullet to the Head,” “Metak u glavu,” “Shootout - Keine Gnade,” “Una bala en la cabeza”

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, bloody images, language, some nudity and brief drug use.
Not recommended
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Action Adventure Crime Thriller
1 hr. 31 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
February 1, 2013 (wide—2,400+ theaters)
DVD: July 16, 2013
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hitman / assassin / contract killer



kung fu

police officers

government corruption

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Featuring: Sylvester StalloneJames Bonomo
Sung Kang … Taylor Kwon
Sarah Shahi … Lisa Bonomo
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje … Robert Nkomo Morel
Jason Momoa … Keegan
Christian SlaterMarcus Baptiste
Jon Seda … Louis Blanchard
Holt McCallany … Hank Greely
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Director: Walter Hill
Producer: Dark Castle Entertainment
IM Global
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Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

“Revenge never gets old”

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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Based on a graphic novel, ‘Bullet to the Head’ tells the story of a New Orleans hitman (Stallone) and a New York City cop who form an unlikely alliance to bring down the killers of their respective partners, after each watches his partner die. The new partners seek revenge and discover they have a shared enemy and much in common, despite being on opposite sides of the law.”

Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Extreme

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Positive—The action-comedy BULLET TO THE HEAD is quite good. The storyline is more or less easy to follow, and the action moves along briskly. The acting is, of course, what you would expect from a film starring Rocky/Rambo. Biblically speaking, the movie earns its R rating. Brief drug use at the beginning, some nudity sprinkled in at different points and strong violence/language. The profaning of God’s Name does bother me, but thankfully, it’s not as prevalent as in most R-rated movies. The use of the f-word doesn’t bother me, as long as it’s not on the level of Scarface (1983). With the above reservations concerning the language, I recommend this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—D, age 27 (USA)
Movie Critics

…an effective action-thriller… The difference between “Bullet to the Head” and practically every other action picture you’ve seen in the last few years can be summed up in two words: Walter Hill. … The movie is lean and tight…
—Rene Rodriguez, The Miami Herald

…“Bullet to the Head” is pure, primal Stallone—in control, at peak form, and bedecked with gleaming muscles. Not only is the film chock full of Stallone in action, it also has him offering up an unending series of one-liners. …
—Louis Black, The Austin Chronicle

…while the veteran action director Walter Hill hasn’t done much to enliven this dull, unmemorable material, with its mechanically moving parts and popping gunfire, its dull-red splatter and spray, he has brought a spark of wit to the proceedings, starting with the figure of Sylvester Stallone. …
—Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

…rest assured, the title doesn’t lie. There are many bullets fired into people’s melons. Beyond that, the good news is that this latest bloody slice of shoot-'em-up sadism from veteran action director Walter Hill (“The Warriors,” “48 Hrs.”), and adapted from a French graphic novel is a better outing than Sylvester Stallone fans have come to expect lately. He’s sharper and funnier than he’s been in ages. …
—Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

…so thuddingly average that you might spend half of its running time wistfully thinking of what might have been and the other half giving thanks that it didn’t happen. …[2/5]
—Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press

…Shoot, another empty coconut… A nasty, pulpy, occasionally risible advertisement for its superannuated muscle-bound star, this adaptation of the graphic novel plays it straight when it should wink and careers into chaotic, unimaginative mayhem when it should go long on style. … [1/4]
—Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

…Stallone misses the mark… “Bullet to the Head” needs one. … ugly mess of an action film…
—Adam Graham, The Detroit News

…“Bullet to the Head” is lethally stupid… There’s not a shred of originality in “Bullet to the Head,” from the crooked cop bent over a coke mirror to the sassy tattoo artist who happens to be the anti-hero’s daughter to the unkillable henchman who swaps her for secret computer files at the abandoned power plant. …
—Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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