YMMV / The Expendables

  • Narm:
    • Also the close-up of Ross stabbing one of the mooks who were going to rape Sandra. Doubles as Special Effects Failure as the blood looks rather off in the shot and his knife kinda wobbles around unnaturally.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The console game. The Tower Defense webgame, not so much.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Trench and Church, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. The sequel gives them more screentime and action sequences. Also, Mickey Rourke, who has about 5 minutes of screen time yet gives arguably the best performance of the first film.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: The subplot of Lee's pining for Lacy and his bemoaning about being unable to get together with her because of his job as a mercenary which took up a good chunk of the first film.
  • So Cool, It's Awesome: The entire series. Considering the fact that they are the revival of the action movie genre, this is to be expected.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • The guard that Ross decapitated somehow managed to grow his head back between shots.
    • The flames covering Paine when Toll Road sets him on fire are obviously CGI.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Many critics who didn't like the movie were nevertheless impressed by Mickey Rourke's performance and wondered what such a dedicated performance was doing in a "brain-dead action flick". Oddly enough, a lot of critics, in an odd version of this trope, were expecting slam-bang action all the way through, but complained about the overuse of CGI (which was not a staple in 80s movies), the too-modern Shaky Cam, and, most unexpectedly, it having too much plot.