Battle Royale 3D Reviews

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
May 20, 2012
Maybe Battle Royale's ultimate punchline is its inexplicable ability to fool some people into taking it seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
It's fascinating, tense and grisly... but a bit of a muddle really.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Film Threat
August 12, 2003
The basic storyline just isn't very good, and any attempt to say anything meaningful or moving is ham-fisted and obvious, which quite simply isn't good enough for a film as in-your-face as this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 7, 2006
What it does have is plenty of splatter, noise and energy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
February 13, 2003
'Battle Royale' is another deeply flawed addition to the deeply offensive phenomenon of 'reality TV'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
A minor sensation in Japan where questions were asked in parliament, this noisy and bombastic adaptation of a recent pulp novel doesn't shape up as satire or death-sport fantasy.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
March 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Alexandra Cavallo
Boston Phoenix
February 22, 2012
Battle Royale is The Hunger Games not diluted for young audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
May 22, 2012
It may suit a certain worldview, but Battle Royale's cynicism is still a form fantasy-a balm as well as a bomb.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Races along with the swift, brutal precision of a samurai sword cutting through cotton.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
May 25, 2012
A gloriously entertaining ride, provided you have a taste for dark material and don't mind the occasional poke in the ribs.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
May 22, 2012
3D conversion of a classic teen massacre thriller raises the gore level.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
A modern classic about the folly of violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 10, 2012
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.
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
May 9, 2003
Fukasaku, who is now 70, is the most durable master of all that's hard-boiled in Japanese filmmaking.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
May 25, 2012
Stylistically it's a beauty, with khaki-uniformed waifs fighting for their lives to a crashing classical score.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 24, 2009
Gloriously sick and twisted. A masterpiece.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Disturbing, gory, shocking, and very original.
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
July 19, 2011
Pitched with the insatiable verve of a TV game show and the vacant regret of a Grand Theft Auto videogame.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
Once it dropped a lot of its satirical baggage, I was able to stop considering it an important film, and start watching it as an entertaining one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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