The Grade Book: “Bullet to the Head”

Bullet to the Head

Plot: A hitman and a detective team up to take down a common enemy. 

Director: Walter Hill.

Writers: Alessandro Camon (based on a graphic novel by Alexis Nolent).

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa, and Christian Slater.

Genres: Action, Crime.

Running Time: 1 hour and 32 minutes.

MPAA Rating: R.




SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: Bullet to the Head has a game Sly Stallone, some entertaining action scenes, and a fan-fun 80s feel. However, the movie is mostly run-of-the-mill — and ultimately disappointing since it is directed by Walter Hill.



  • Tyler Christian:

Grade: B-

Dumb and generic, yet it is fully aware of what it’s trying to be. Sylvester Stallone and director Walter Hill deliver in this fun 80s throwback action film. Stallone does his job of kicking ass and quipping one-liners to a serviceable degree, and I still have a lot of respect for him doing most of his own stunts. Apart from the well-put-together action scenes, the movie doesn’t really offer anything more in terms of its substance, but it gets its job done for the most part. Everyone needs their escapism entertainment once in awhile, and Bullet to the Head delivered on my expectations. Also, here’s a tip to other action film directors in Hollywood: cast Jason Momoa in more villain roles; the dude is built like a tank like The Rock in Fast Five.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):


Grade: D

Only the gratuitous female nudity saved it from getting an F.

  • Leah Hather (Bright Eyes Long Lashes):

Grade: C

Great one-liners from Stallone and some good fight choreography. But, sadly, it is poorly filmed.

  • Steven Hunt:

Grade: B-

Is this movie anything special? No, not really. But is it a lot of fun? Hell yes! Stallone is really fun here and Jason Momoa is awesome as the villain. The action is also very enjoyable, especially the final fight scene. The script is poor and some of the minor characters have awful actors, so that brought it down somewhat. If you like action movies, there’s no reason not to see this one.

  • Nick Iacobucci:

Grade: C-

Bullet to the Head is simply okay to below-average all around. Though Stallone delivers relentless fun and cheesy one-liners…the movie suffers from a first-grade plot and pre-school dialogue. However much fun this movie is it also fails with a villain (Jason Mamoa) that has about as much charisma as a pile of dirty clothes.

  • John Maffeo:

Grade: C+

Is it a well-rounded film? Of course not! But it is R-Rated fun, violence, and bloodshed galore! Sly is as buff as ever and he’s intimidating in the lead role! The action itself leaves something to be desired, with the exception of the last sequence, but overall it’s a fun time! You get what you pay for.

  • Scott Menzel:

Grade: B

Stallone has never been one for great performances or stories but if you love 80s-style action flicks that pretty much made him into a star, then I think you are going to enjoy this. This film knows exactly what is going for and is a lot of fun to watch. Stallone delivers plenty of cheesy one-liners that only adds to the fun of non-stop action. While this film won’t ever win an award for originality or creativity, it does what it sets out to do and for that I had a blast.

  • Christian Ruvalcaba:

Grade: B-

It seems now that the 1980s action genre is making a major comeback. Bullet to the Head is just another addition to some fun popcorn flicks with awesome one-liners, a remarkably non-understandable Stallone, and some great action sequences. Just a plain ‘ol-fashion good time!

  • Dean Searle:

Grade: C

Not as fun as I was expecting. The story and dialogue were awful at points, leading me to cease to care. The action was entertaining, but filmed sloppily — or vomit-inducing — at points.

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