Jeremy of The Daily Rotation wrote, "Action director Walter Hill returns to the genre after years absent with Bullet to the Head. Sylvester Stallone leads the film with a bad-as-nails performance that is very reminiscent of early 90s action films. Bullet to the Head works much better than expected thanks to Stallone’s ability to mostly carry the film and Hill’s clean cut and simple direction. Bullet to the Head rests confidently on a level that most modern action films fail to reach. It’s a quick one-two punch that’s loaded with action and stiff one-liners."