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Gamer (2009)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 76
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 54

Critics Consensus: With all of the hyperkinetic action and none of the flair of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor's earlier work, Gamer has little replay value.

25%
Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 12

Critics Consensus: With all of the hyperkinetic action and none of the flair of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor's earlier work, Gamer has little replay value.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 251,271

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Movie Info

Reality and video games merge in this high-concept sci-fi action thriller from Crank creators Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. In the not too distant future, mind-control technology allows humans to control the actions and movements of other humans, allowing reclusive billionaire Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall) to create the ultimate video game. It's called "Slayers," and it's a mass-scale, multiplayer online first-person shooter that's as controversial as it is popular. In the world of gamers, … More

Rating:
R (for frenetic sequences of strong brutal violence throughout, sexual content, nudity and language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
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Written By:
Mark Neveldine , Brian Taylor
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jan 19, 2010
Box Office:
$20.5M
Runtime:
Lionsgate Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Gamer

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (54) | DVD (3)

Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have slowly started garnering actual critical consideration for their Crank movies; with Gamer, they make another good case for taking them seriously.

Full Review… | September 10, 2009
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Crank's Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor direct with their usual flashy brio, and basso profundo Keith David has a sublime cameo as a cop indignant at the thought of a pistachio peanut butter sandwich.

Full Review… | September 9, 2009
Time Out New York
Top Critic

In the press materials Mr. Butler informs us enthusiastically that the movie "has all the hallmarks of Neveldine's and Taylor's sick, yet genius minds." At least he's half right.

Full Review… | September 8, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

Bodies and buildings blow up but this is carnage of the most lacklustre sort, with any momentum petering out long before it's "game over."

Full Review… | September 8, 2009
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's a deeply cynical and joyless point of view, completely lacking in the winking visual style that made Crank worth a look.

Full Review… | September 8, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Crass, nonstop action triumphs over narrative and character in this movie-length simulation of a video game.

September 8, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Like so many movies, the set-up and presentation of Gamer is awesome. The story, characters and writing... not so much.

Full Review… | July 21, 2012
7M Pictures

Wait for this one on Cable... jeez I'm saying that a lot. What is really going on in 2009?

Full Review… | September 28, 2010
3BlackChicks Review

Neveldine and Taylor simply spray their venom across the screen with little vision, once again making a friendly trip to the multiplex feel like undeserved torture.

Full Review… | June 2, 2010
BrianOrndorf.com

What to make of short-attention-span artists satirizing a short-attention-span world? [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | February 16, 2010
Groucho Reviews

Incoherent and interminable...

Full Review… | February 13, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

At times striking, and at others silly, and and yet at others sickening, but never too stupid, at least not compared to so much else flash and pop peddled to the masses these days.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009
Cinematical

a big, loud mess that loses its few good ideas in a morass of convoluted storytelling that it has, sadly, confused with stylish innovation

Full Review… | November 12, 2009
Killer Movie Reviews

A streak of genius runs through this dystopian vision of a world in where VR games are played with real people ... it touches some exposed nerves before retreating into clichés.

Full Review… | November 3, 2009
AMCtv.com

Gamer feels like a video cheapie that just time warped in from the 1990s . . .

November 2, 2009
fantastiqueZINE

Like the 'Crank' films, this is an absurdly exaggerated, outlandishly crass and alternately inventive and appalling depiction of a man violently fighting to liberate himself from the forces that seek to control him...

Full Review… | September 21, 2009
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

An injection of adrenaline straight to the eye - which isn't entirely a bad thing.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
Empire Magazine

If you are a gamer, and like shooters, science fiction, action, and wouldn't consider gratuitous boob shots gratuitous, you won't feel short-changing on leaving the cinema after watching Gamer.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009

Can I get back the ninety minutes of my life that I squandered sitting through this miasmic upchuck of techno sludge? What was the story again?

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
Daily Telegraph

With its nano-technology synching different brains together, spyware programs attached to DNA, and a double dose of bad taste served up with a side-dish of splattered brains and skull fragments, Gamer is still mad, bad, and dangerous to know.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
Sky Movies

It won't win points for originality or depth, but the Crank boys are still on their game as far as sex, violence and sheer unapologetic excess go. High concept, high octane, highly likely to end up a post-pub staple.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
Total Film

While packed with guns, girls and gore, there's none of the gleeful knowingness that made their earlier films such guilty pleasures.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
Daily Mirror [UK]

Edited with the finesse of a toddler on a sherbet dib-dab rush, the film dashes from one over-stylised battle sequence to the next.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
SFX Magazine

The action sequences are disappointing, there's a distinct lack of wit or invention in the direction and it's also impossible to care about the characters when they're so thinly sketched.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
ViewLondon

The film is a cacophonous mess without a single interesting character.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
Shadows on the Wall

The best that can be said about Gamer is "straight to DVD". It's a mind-numbing dud of a movie that in reality is nothing more than a big budget computer game splashed across the silver screen with an all star cast.

September 18, 2009
Daily Record [UK]

Audience Reviews for Gamer

Much better than i expected. good action, lots of killing but def think something was left on the editing room floor. Parts of this movie just seemed very disjointed.

jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

½

This is a really bad film. The script was so poorly written, Butler's considerable talents were left to wither on the vine.

cchclaw
Christian C

Super Reviewer

When this started I thought it was gonna be crap, the plot sounded naff, it didn't reach the cinema and there have been many films like this before...mainly during the 80's. I was actually surprised, this is not bad to be honest, for an unoriginal plot that harks back to 'The Running Man' its pulled off quite well.

The main thing is the fighting sequences which do look pretty good and 'game' like, you could be watching a frag fest like 'Halo' when watching this and it probably would be like this if it was done for real. The 'interactive computer net world' sections of the film are handled well too showing how the controllers use their real life 'players', it does come across as quite believable which really holds the film together. The other game shown in the film being a 'The Sims' style game which is also well done but maybe a tad too much cliched sex going on...but I guess that's kinda real too.

The plot is a mix of a few films sure but the director does manage to show other angles to the story which do relate well to today's interactive game world. Butler is also a good choice as the main 'slayer' and continues his good run as a hero but that's it for cast really.

Sounds like a real B-movie but its pretty decent and worth checking out, still can't quite beat the classic 'Running man' with Arnie though.

phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Gamer is a headache-inducing mess. The dialogue is among the worst I've ever heard, the editing is ridiculous and should come with a warning and the story is pillaged from many other superior films. I liked Crank because it had a silly humour to it but Gamer is actually quite nasty, the women who flashed their bits maybe of age but they were blatantly picked because they didn't look it and the violence is overlong and too heavy handed - going against the whole meaning of the film I thought, seeing as it was a future-shock of how in a negative future, blood-lust and bad taste entertainment is top priority. Made by idiots for idiots.

SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Gamer Quotes


Simon: Cool, huh? Kable: No. Not cool. Pay attention to the fucking game!
– Submitted by Joe N (15 months ago)
Kable: What are you- twelve? Simon: I'm seventeen actually, thank you. This is unbelievable. Kable: How am I not dead yet? Simon: Because I'm a badass motherfucker.
– Submitted by Tana K (2 years ago)
Geek Leader: Kable's made it through 28 battles. Every player in the game is trying to take him out. Ken Castle: Yeah, Kable is a perfect soldier. He's a tactical killing computer. His only vulnerability is the nanex itself. The delay between Simon's commands and Kable's ability to execute. Geek Leader: So why should this one be any different? Who controls him? Ken Castle: [long pause] No one.
– Submitted by Tana K (2 years ago)
Ken Castle: What about you, sugar? I wonder if I might breach your firewall one of these days? Gina Parker Smith: You're bad! Board Op: He's good.
– Submitted by Tana K (2 years ago)
Kable: I need you to get me something. Trace: What, Tillman? Kable: Drunk.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Hackman: I've got no strings, so I have fun. I'm not tied up to anyone. They got strings, but you can see, there are no strings on me.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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