Mean Machine (2002)



Critic Consensus: Despite some genuine wit, this crowd pleaser is filled with too many cliches.

Movie Info

The classic Burt Reynolds football-behind-bars flick The Longest Yard crosses the pond and gets an appropriate British accent in the process in this rough-and-tumble mixture of sports and action-comedy. Danny Mehan (Vinnie Jones) was one of the biggest stars in British football (what Americans call soccer), until he was caught rigging a game during a championship tournament. In the wake of this scandal, Danny's career takes a nosedive and his life spins out of control, until he finally ends up … More

Rating: R (for language and some violence)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 16, 2002
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as Danny Meehan

as Prison Governor

as Massive

as Billy The Limpet

as Trojan

as Burton

as Ratchet
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Critic Reviews for Mean Machine

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (25)

Holds its ground as a mid-budget Hollywood knockoff.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A likably energetic star vehicle for English sports god Vinnie Jones.

March 14, 2002
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

It's still a hoot, sports cliches, prison movie cliches and all.

March 14, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Another incomprehensible trash explosion from the Guy Ritchie school of cinematic slugfests.

March 13, 2002
New York Observer
Top Critic

It's mildly entertaining, especially if you find comfort in familiarity. But it's hardly a necessary enterprise.

Full Review… | March 9, 2002
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Dramatically lackluster.

March 8, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mean Machine


This was a role Footballer turned Actor Vinnie Jones was meant to play. Mean Machine is full of known British faces, perhaps topping the film off with Jason Flemyng's banter and commentary of the game.

This is prison polictics versus Team tactics.

Predictable, yet none the less entertaining

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


A laugh out loud and gritty action-packed good time. A film with an unlikely heart that you wouldnt expect brings out solid entertainment pleasure. Colorful characters, hard hitting action, outragious comedy and a great story. A solid enjoyment that will not let up till the end of this awsome movie. Wickedly entertaining and cool. A field goal of laughs and drama. Vinnie Jones is teriffic. David Kelly is excellent. Jason Statham is wildly intentive and fun.

Al S

Super Reviewer

this is a very british film and if you have seen the longest yard its exactly like it but americian style but reli reli gd jason statham is gawjus

Film Crazy

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