12 Rounds (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

12 Rounds (2009)



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

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 treacherous turn. Each new round sends Danny hurtling through the city at a breakneck pace. As Miles toys with Danny, innocent citizens are threatened. Automobiles, streetcars and ferryboats are transformed into potential weapons of mass destruction. With the violent rounds mounting, one wrong move may take the match closer to a deadly conclusion.more
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Daniel Kunka
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 30, 2009
Box Office: $12.2M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


John Cena
as Danny Fisher
Gonzalo Menendez
as Ray Santiago
Kyle Clements
as Dave Fisher
Nick Gomez
as Samuel
Travis Davis
as Anthony Deluso
Billy Slaughter
as Technician
Brian DeCaro
as FBI Agent Gator
Rosalind Rubin
as FBI Agent Sheila
Kim Collins
as Phil the Plumber
Lara Grice
as Cell Store Owner
Wayne Ferrara
as Battallion Commander
Douglas M. Griffin
as Peter Gerard
Vincent Flood
as Detective Chuck Jans...
Luke Albright
as Johnny Jenkins
Bryan Johnson
as Sleeping Streetcar P...
David Frye
as Officer Phelps
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Critic Reviews for 12 Rounds

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (13)

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

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
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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

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 King

Super Reviewer

Rubbish, rubbish, garbage, rubbish... shit

Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

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