Bullet to the Head doesn't try to adapt its star to 2013. It just pretends that we're still living in 1986. And for 91 minutes, it just about works.
—Chris Nashawaty Entertainment Weekly
A good action movie, whose title expresses what is, more or less, a recurring motif. It also gives a sense of the film's general attitude toward life. It's a film with no ambition but to get viewers' pulses moving. It does that, and with a fair degree of wit and style.
—Mike LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle
Bullet to the Head is an adrenaline shot to your movie memory if the blunt, gleefully dumb, no-nonsense ways of '80s-style action flicks are your nostalgia drug of choice.
—Robert Abele Los Angeles Times
It's junk, and it's excessively violent, which is a given. Approach it as a Stallone movie (which it is) or as a Hill movie (which it is), but it's more interesting as a Hill movie. If it gets this director back into the hard-driving action game, then it will have done its duty.
—Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune
An occasionally entertaining, often incomprehensible and ultimately quite average 1980s-homage mismatched buddy action picture.
—Richard Roeper Chicago Sun Times
While the veteran action director Walter Hill hasn't done much to enliven this dull, unmemorable material, with its mechanically moving parts and popping gunfire, its dull-red splatter and spray, he has brought a spark of wit to the proceedings, starting with the figure of Sylvester Stallone.
—Manohla Dargis New York Times
I can't detect the hand of Hill in even a single scene in Bullet in the Head. It plays like a Stallone vanity project, impure and stupefyingly simple.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
By the end I could have used a Bulleit to the mouth.
—Joe Morgenstern Wallstreet Journal