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Battle Royale 3D Reviews

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Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

Before The Hunger Games there was Battle Royale. The bloody spectacle of Japanese schoolchildren being forced into a sadistic game of "last man standing" packs an emotional wallop.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

May 30, 2012
Rob Vaux

A gloriously entertaining ride, provided you have a taste for dark material and don't mind the occasional poke in the ribs.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A

May 25, 2012
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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Stylistically it's a beauty, with khaki-uniformed waifs fighting for their lives to a crashing classical score.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

May 25, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Awful deaths (and hysterical reactions to them) punctuate declarations of love and friendship, revelations of treachery and heavily armed expressions of angst.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 24, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Forgive the film its small flaws of histrionic performances and cheap execution for the giddy rush of its banal, Verhoevenesque atmosphere...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

May 22, 2012
Eric Hynes
Village Voice
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It may suit a certain worldview, but Battle Royale's cynicism is still a form fantasy-a balm as well as a bomb.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 22, 2012


A wonderfully exciting, incredibly idiosyncratic actioner.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

May 22, 2012
Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
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3D conversion of a classic teen massacre thriller raises the gore level.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

May 22, 2012
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Battle Royale's dystopia reflects a hyper-tech Japan still deeply concerned with social cohesion and the value-gaps between the generations. It's the disturbingly dark social frame, not its bloody canvas, that makes this a battle worth watching.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

May 10, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Fukasaku's set pieces are dynamic, composed and edited with a neatness that is missing from the shaky-camera esthetic of the movie's successor, 'The Hunger Games.'

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 4/4

March 30, 2012
R. L. Shaffer

Battle Royale is a masterpiece of mayhem, violence and unfettered teen melodrama.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 8/10

March 19, 2012
Alexandra Cavallo
Boston Phoenix

Battle Royale is The Hunger Games not diluted for young audiences.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

February 22, 2012
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Pitched with the insatiable verve of a TV game show and the vacant regret of a Grand Theft Auto videogame.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: B+

July 19, 2011
Shaun Munro
What Culture

It gets no points for subtlety, but this confronting, devastating, hilarious and extremely fun film is a masterpiece all in its own right.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 5/5

March 6, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Gloriously sick and twisted. A masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

November 24, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Disturbing, gory, shocking, and very original.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
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Urban Cinefile

Although the film can be seen as a satire on everything from the Japanese education system to reality TV, ultimately its absurdism resists easy interpretation.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 18, 2008
Lucius Gore

A disturbing film to say the least, and definitely one that could never have been made in the United States.

Full Review Source: ESplatter | Original Score: 4/4

June 17, 2008
Robert Koehler
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Departing from two decades' worth of domestic and personal dramas and returning to his roots as Japan's maestro of mayhem, Kinji Fukasaku has delivered a brutal punch to the collective solar plexus with one of his most outrageous and timely films.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 20, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

A modern classic about the folly of violence.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

July 23, 2007
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