The Condemned Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
September 7, 2008
There's nothing wrong with enjoying a balls to the wall guy film where muscle bound behemoths blow shit up and fight to the death...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
May 12, 2007
I was looking for a movie like this. An over the top cheesy action film. What?! I said I've been seeing a lot of overly serious movies lately. What?! Its summer, I want to see stuff get blown up. What?!
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Marc Bernardin
Entertainment Weekly
May 3, 2007
Cheesy enough to satisfy your B-movie cravings in half Grindhouse's running time.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
April 29, 2007
The manly man's movie of the year is here. The Condemned makes Con Air look like Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
April 28, 2007
Though wearing its hypocrisy on its sleeve by dabbling in while denouncing violence as entertainment, the posturing is really a mirror image of what goes on every day in America between the parallel universes of the moralizers and media profiteers.
Kam Williams
EURWeb
April 28, 2007
Despite the transparent plotline, the dumb dialogue, the cheesy special f/x, the cornball comic relief and the self-righteous sermonizing, this campy B-movie adds up to a cinematic experience so godawful, it's great, in a reverse chic sort of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 27, 2007
While rather preposterously hypocritical in its moral pretensions, it nevertheless comes through in the no-holds-barred, body-slam department.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Michael Booth
Denver Post
April 27, 2007
The Deadliest Game has played out many times on screen, including with Arnold Schwarzenegger in a post-apocalypse The Running Man, but rarely is it aimed as squarely at the pitfalls of pop culture as in The Condemned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pete Hammond
Maxim
April 27, 2007
It packs enough red-hot fiery action for six movies. The fact that it makes some suprisingly ironic and pertinent points about extreme violence as entertainment gives it the kind of gravitas blood & guts films like this rarely aspire to achieve.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
April 27, 2007
Smarter-than-average action movie.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 27, 2007
If Rodriguez and Tarantino had been smart with Grindhouse, they would have dropped Tarantino's talky Deathproof and replaced it with The Condemned.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
April 26, 2007
Tough, mean, nasty, and vicious. Rambo 4 had better come up with something to top this.
Top Critic
Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
April 26, 2007
Flaws, double standards, strange detours and all, this is still the most entertaining WWE release to date.
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
April 26, 2007
This is a B picture that wants to be smarter than its central concept ... and there are moments when it's even smarter than it intends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
April 18, 2007
Lovers of B-movie fare of Rodriguez and Tarantino will enjoy the gore and violence of this one.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael Szymanski
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Grierson
Screendaily
July 23, 2008
An action film about a hyper-violent reality contest that quickly devolves into a monotonous series of hand-to-hand combat scenes.
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 3, 2008
The film even attempts to make moral judgments about how watching a fight to the death is wrong, which ends up alienating anybody that sat their butt down in the theater in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 30, 2007
...Scott Wiper's hopelessly inept directorial choices - coupled with an overall vibe of ugliness - ensures that the movie ultimately fares about as well as its straight-to-video action brethren...
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Zack Haddad
Film Threat
September 22, 2007
Don't look to glean too much from it other than a few cool fight scenes and some funny one-liners.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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