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Cobra

action & adventure


SYLVESTER STALLONE creates another electrifying American hero in the Rocky/Rambo mold: Cobretti the cop, a fearless dispenser of justice out to stop a gang of serial killers. Year: 1986.A must-see!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    13%
  • Audience Score
    42%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    13%
    reviews counted: 3
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  • Audience

    42%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's fast-paced and full of gaudy action, yet it's thoroughly unsatisfying, largely because it's so lazy.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Rotten: The film trades on the same technique used by books that attack pornography by printing examples of the dirty pictures. Cobra pretends to be against the wanton violence of a disintegrating society, but it's really the apotheosis of that violence.

- Nina Darnton, New York Times, Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Fresh: Cobra is a sleek, extremely violent and exciting police thriller.

- Variety Staff, Variety, Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Audience Reviews

5 stars

I would like to nominate Cobra for being the coolest movie ever made. It seems that every shot was carefully plotted to have the best looking angle and hint of awesome. The color usage is unmatched for the genre. Even without the 80s backdrop it would still be the movie it is. The action sequences rival Mad Max 2 for being 100% innovative, fun and original. The truck scene with Sly in the back firing a machine gun is the epitome of car chase scenes. I love the plot and execution of it, there was a real sense of this different world and set of rules. Only someone like the Night Slasher could be an adversary for The Cobra. Sylvester Stallone gives a flawless and completely and utterly memorable character. Marion Cobretti is the ultimate rough cop that shoots without asking, all he has to do is know they're bad and it's over. Brigitte Nielsen is unbelievably breathtaking as the foreign model Ingrid. Brian Thompson as the Night Slasher is evil in every way imaginable and has some of the best lines as the character. I just can't sing this movies praises enough.

- ythelastman89, Thursday, August 12, 2010

1 star

More derivative vigilante propaganda, another boring stone-face performance by Stallone.

- DragonEyeMorrison, Monday, March 1, 2010

1 star

Very silly and very dated, the fact they never made a sequel says a lot! The cool poster promises so much more than you actually get. I didn't expect a masterpiece to be honest but I have been looking forward to seeing this since I was 7 years old! Oh well, I'm sure I'll get over it!

- SirPant, Monday, February 22, 2010