Piles on the foreign accents and paint-by-numbers brutality, all served up with a grim, operatic self-seriousness that gives Cage's antihero little room to maneuver.
Justin Chang, Variety, 2014-07-14
Cage may not always be easy on the eyes, but at his best, you can't turn away from him, because you never really know what he'll do next. But here, the actor plays it drab and dour.
Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture, 2014-07-11
There isn't an original frame or line of dialogue in Rage.
David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2014-07-11
It's hard to say this is the worst film Nicolas Cage has ever made - there are just too many contenders to choose from. But it's near the bottom.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2014-07-10
Rage is so full of cliche, convention and just plain odd narrative choices that it can't get out of its own way.
Scott Bowles, USA Today, 2014-07-10
The latest in a parade of cheesy, derivative action-thrillers that erstwhile A-list actor Nicolas Cage has recently starred in, presumably as a quick cash grab.
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 2014-07-10
The hand-me-down showiness and sluggish storytelling by the director, Paco Cabezas, underline the monotony in this ordinary revenge thriller.
Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, 2014-07-10
This is unapologetically low-quality filmmaking, from the stiff screenplay to the crudely brutal fight scenes to the choppy editing.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 2014-07-10
A shabby waste of time from beginning to end.
Rex Reed, New York Observer, 2014-07-10
Rage has knife fights, foot chases, car chases, point-blank shotgun blasts, and Peter Stormare as a wheelchair-bound Irish mobster-and somehow manages to make them all seem dull.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club, 2014-07-09
A dopey mob thriller about an ex-killer turned real estate developer trying to find his daughter's murderers.
Kyle Smith, New York Post, 2014-07-09
Rage offers exactly what you think a Nic Cage movie called Rage would, except maybe for continually inspired lunacy.
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, 2014-07-08