This is a good movie to go to when we want mindless entertainment involving explosions. There's actual plot, too, which is nice, and there are relationships which matter. This is why we own DVDs: so we can watch certain films whenever the mood strikes us.
Moria thinks it was over-budgeted:
Soldier proves a competent-enough run through of all the cliches and had it been made on a smaller, more intimate scale one suspects it might have been a more likeable film. It’s just that on the A-budget it is made on, its cliches collapse into over-inflated pretensionbut says, "The film is almost saved by Kurt Russell’s performance." DVD Talk says, "there's no denying the fun that it offers those who don't mind a good, brainless action film" and, "it's not short on entertainment value". Empire Online is merciless. The sticks-in-the-mud critics at Rotten Tomatoes give it a 10% score, though the audience rating is appreciably higher.
Critics don't generally like this movie, but that doesn't stop us from enjoying it.