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12 Rounds (2009)


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 20
Rotten: 50

Critics Consensus: Energetic but empty, 12 Rounds' preposterous plot hurtles along at a rapid pace, but can't disguise the derivative script.

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: Energetic but empty, 12 Rounds' preposterous plot hurtles along at a rapid pace, but can't disguise the derivative script.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 83,792


Movie Info

When New Orleans Police Detective Danny Fisher stops a brilliant thief from getting away with a multi-million-dollar heist, the thief's girlfriend is accidentally killed. After escaping from prison, the criminal mastermind enacts his revenge, taunting Danny with a series of near-impossible puzzles and tasks--12 rounds--that Danny must somehow complete to save the life of his own fiancee. Ranging from tests of intelligence to Sisyphean tasks of endurance, Miles keeps Danny guessing at every … More

PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action)
Mystery & Suspense , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Daniel Kunka
In Theaters:
Jun 30, 2009
Box Office:
20th Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for 12 Rounds

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (50) | DVD (8)

Heavy on stunts but light on plausibility, humor, surprise, visual ingenuity or psychological depth.

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
Top Critic

There's a decent little action movie somewhere inside '12 Rounds': a bit more complexity of character, a few more jokes and a hero who doesn't look like a two-by-four with a buzz cut might have gone a long way.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

A graceless scrap between a Die Hard flick and the public-transportation mayhem of Speed.

Full Review… | April 1, 2009
Time Out New York
Top Critic

12 Rounds is an occasionally exciting but always empty action movie experience.

Full Review… | March 30, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

12 Rounds is the unholy stepchild of Die Hard with a Vengeance and Speed, starring a man whose lack of range makes Steven Seagal seem nuanced by comparison.

Full Review… | March 30, 2009
Top Critic

The future of vacuous action movies is clearly with the likes of Cena, humans who resemble characters from video games, albeit without the acting chops.

Full Review… | March 30, 2009
Top Critic

as a fast-food action director, Renny Harlin still delivers a fun movie

Full Review… | September 21, 2010
7M Pictures

Awfully forgettable, but Harlin makes things go boom again, with ruthless efficiency that puts the flick just over the hump of the straight-to-cable Jeff Speakman school. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | August 12, 2009
Groucho Reviews

With all the nuance of a fist to the groin, ... (it's) the kind of forgettable film that isn't impossible to enjoy but that only a Cena fan could truly love.

Full Review… | July 24, 2009

A very satisfying and well made action thriller that could only be improved if Arnold Schwarzenegger was the star.

Full Review… | July 9, 2009
Cinema Signals

With its wonderful post-Katrina NOLA setting and the standard stunt spectacle as only Harlin can deliver, 12 Rounds is actually quite good. It's no masterpiece, but then again, few post-millennial adrenaline rushes have been.

Full Review… | July 4, 2009

...a decent action movie that could've been a great one...

Full Review… | June 24, 2009
Reel Film Reviews

Loud, idiotic nonsense.

Full Review… | June 2, 2009
Observer [UK]

Apart from the palpably improbable storyline, Harlan shows a massive disregard for characterisation, and so much bang-bang editing that you scarcely know where you are.

Full Review… | June 2, 2009
This is London

Cena has the sort of likeable air that suggests he could just make it as an action movie type. However, it won't be thanks to this movie.

Full Review… | June 2, 2009
Sunday Mail [UK]

12 Rounds is a big chunk of outlandish nonsense stuck in a time-warp of conventions, bereft of originality and genuine thrills.

May 29, 2009
Daily Record [UK]

This is a welcome throwback for audiences raised on '90s action flicks - what they used to call "a pulse-pounding roller-coaster thrill-ride of a movie".

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Empire Magazine

While 12 Rounds is well above average for an action movie, it's important not to get too carried away. This is, after all, a picture in which leading lady Ashley Scott is less appealing than her pet pug.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009

A lunk-headed, brawling action movie with more muscle than brains and the kind of editing that feels like being repeatedly shot in the eyes with a staple gun.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Times [UK]

One long blur of car stunts and digital clocks counting down to detonation - passable for lazy television viewing, but not worth the price of a ticket.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Times [UK]

It remains to be seen whether this crude, dumbly entertaining outing will encourage the director to tackle more of the Greek myths.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009

12 Rounds's familiarity undercuts any kind of suspense it hopes to build, and for an action-packed romp it's incredibly dull.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Digital Spy

Those in the mood for something kinda dumb but lotsa fun look no further.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Sky Movies

The kind of passable in-flight entertainment you could watch half-asleep.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Daily Telegraph

Audience Reviews for 12 Rounds


12 Rounds is full of energy but doesn't pack the right amount of punch. The film's tacky acting and loose storyline could only push it so far, but not far enough to go the distance. 2.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

This is the film equivalent of seeing a cover band of your favourite group. It's the same songs but not quite as good but you still like listening to them. This is Die hard 3, Speed, 12 Blocks, Blown away, The Rock..the list is endless, it's simply a mash up of all your favourite action films with a WWE wrestler in the lead role. Should be absolutely horrible yeah? Well, no, it's not horrible but it's very easy to watch and somewhat of a guilty pleasure, although one watch is all you need. Better than The Marine anyway but John Cena's girly running is worth watching for alone.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Another action film from the WWE stable, and an enjoyable enough one at that. Following a recurring theme from many decent action films a young detective is given a set of tasks to complete if he wants to see his girlfriend ever again, by a nasty villain out for revenge. Predictable yes, but the stunts and chases just keep coming and action doesn't let up for long. One for action fans to enjoy at least.

Dean !

Super Reviewer

Rubbish, rubbish, garbage, rubbish... shit

Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

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