With too little emphasis placed on and exploring the rich possibilities of the milieu, the movie turns into a ho-hum Vin Diesel action film.
It’s more of the same: Violence-saturated eye candy used to buff Smith’s ego and inflate his bank account.
This is what ‘80s comedies were and all of them, "Better Off Dead" included, are more valuable today as time capsules than as artistic endeavors.
A forgettable merging of a fish-out-of-water story with a cross-cultural romance, this musical lacks personality.
A standard-order action/thriller with adequate performances, occasional bursts of tension, awful dialogue, and a minimal narrative.
Disappointingly shallow and superficial, recreating events from an earlier era as the Hollywood of today would like them to be remembered.
This film’s tone is so inconsistent as to cause whiplash and it frequently substitutes emotional manipulation for intelligence.
Adopts an oh-so-serious tone and resorts to awkward melodrama to get the point across.