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12 Rounds (2009)



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

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


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 12

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



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Movie Info

WWE star John Cena headlines his sophomore action picture as a police officer whose wife is kidnapped in New Orleans. Daniel Kunka provides the script, with Deep Blue Sea's Renny Harlin handling the directing duties for the 20-million-dollar Fox Atomic/WWE Films production. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi


Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure

Daniel Kunka

Jun 30, 2009


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All Critics (72) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (50) | DVD (8)

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

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A graceless scrap between a Die Hard flick and the public-transportation mayhem of Speed.

April 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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12 Rounds is an occasionally exciting but always empty action movie experience.

March 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

March 30, 2009 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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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.

March 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Newsday
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as a fast-food action director, Renny Harlin still delivers a fun movie

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
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]

August 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

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

July 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
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.

July 4, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters

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

June 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Loud, idiotic nonsense.

June 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
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.

June 2, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
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.

June 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Mail [UK]
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".

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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.

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

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.

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Comment (1)
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.

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

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

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

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

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

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

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

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

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
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
July 23, 2013
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.
May 8, 2013

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.
October 9, 2012

Super Reviewer

Rubbish, rubbish, garbage, rubbish... shit
August 5, 2012

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