Rollerball Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 7, 2002
McTiernan and the talent-deprived buffoons who wrote the remake took away the futurism and stripped most of the social satire from this cautionary tale.
| Original Score: 1/5
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
June 10, 2002
Rather than be a Vonnegut story, as the original is, the newest Rollerball is what writers like Vonnegut warn us about.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 8, 2002
An incoherent mess, a jumble of footage in search of plot, meaning, rhythm and sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 10, 2002
Like a gerbil exercising in a wheel, this movie spins and spins, generating a lot of action and noise, but getting absolutely nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
A mix of velocity and idiocy, this ruinous remake lacks the brawn -- and the brains -- of the 1970s original.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 11, 2002
...really horrible drek.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 8, 2002
A limply acted, inane orgy of bloodletting.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
February 8, 2002
It is that rare combination of bad writing, bad direction and bad acting -- the trifecta of badness.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
February 6, 2002
An incomprehensible story, lackluster actors, embarrassing acting, and, get this, no villains!
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 8, 2002
Jewison's rich and provocative 1975 original has been de-metaphorized, made narrow and pointless, while remaining just as loud and violent.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
Brian Orndorf
Modamag.com
February 16, 2002
A flat out mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
February 11, 2002
McTiernan and company do take one more thing from Jewison's original: the game still doesn't make any sense, but now the plot doesn't either.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
March 4, 2002
Who's in the mood to play games with Rollerball, an insipid and excitable mindless sports fantasy that rolls over your cinematic senses in incomplete, boisterous fashion?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
This is a terrible big-budget fiasco with a go nowhere plot and terrible cast.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
February 8, 2002
The new film looks as if it were made in 1975, while Jewison's 27-year-old movie seems like up-to-date state-of-the-art.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rollerball looks like a checklist shaped by a 15-year-old mallrat: thrashing metal track, skateboards, motorbikes, cracked heads and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos with her top off.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 7, 2002
... a silly, stupid, incoherent mess.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
February 8, 2002
...a virtually plotless, flash-bang failure...so devoid of substance it almost defies description.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 8, 2002
When the trailers for the film tell you... the big, astonishing twist, you end up spending the first 45 minutes of the movie wondering when the damn movie is going to start.
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
February 11, 2002
It's incomprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10

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August 12, 2002
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