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.
    • Gunnar's taunt towards Yin Yang is pretty cheesy: "What are you, size two? Bring it, Happy Feet!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: General Garza's twin bodyguards. What's the use of having two MMA fighters like Antonio Rodrigo and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in a film filled with many other fighters and martial arts experts if you don't work any hand-to-hand fight scene with them?
  • 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 a doubly inverted 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.