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Energetic but empty, 12 Rounds' preposterous plot hurtles along at a rapid pace, but can't disguise the derivative script. Read critic reviews

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When New Orleans cop Danny Fisher (John Cena) prevents a brilliant thief from successfully carrying out his latest heist, the thief's girlfriend is accidentally killed. Hungry for revenge, the criminal mastermind breaks out of prison and kidnaps Danny's fiancee. To save her, Danny must successfully navigate his way through an elaborate series of tasks and puzzles, or else watch the love of his life die.

Cast & Crew

John Cena
Det. Danny Fisher
Aidan Gillen
Miles Jackson
Ashley Scott
Molly Porter
Steve Harris
Special Agent George Aiken
Brian J. White
Det. Hank Carver
Taylor Cole
Erica Kessen
Kyle Clements
Dave Fisher
Travis Davis
Anthony Deluso
Daniel Kunka
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Becki Cross Trujillo
Executive Producer
Trevor Rabin
Original Music
David Boyd
Cinematographer
Brian Berdan
Film Editor
Nicholas Lundy
Production Design
Jill Newell
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Critic Reviews for 12 Rounds

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (50)

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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Heavy on stunts but light on plausibility, humor, surprise, visual ingenuity or psychological depth.

    September 1, 2009
  • Apart from the palpably improbable storyline, Harlan shows a massive disregard for characterisation, and so much bang-bang editing that you scarcely know where you are.

    June 2, 2009 | Rating: 2/5
  • This is a welcome throwback for audiences raised on '90s action flicks - what they used to call "a pulse-pounding roller-coaster thrill-ride of a movie".

    May 29, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There's a decent little action movie somewhere inside '12 Rounds': a bit more complexity of character, a few more jokes and a hero who doesn't look like a two-by-four with a buzz cut might have gone a long way.

    May 29, 2009 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • A lunk-headed, brawling action movie with more muscle than brains and the kind of editing that feels like being repeatedly shot in the eyes with a staple gun.

    May 29, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 12 Rounds

  • Jul 17, 2015
    12 Rounds is one of those films that will never be rememberd or set the box office on fire but it's fun, It's gripping from start to finish but something was missing that would of gave it an extra punch, The story was good and the nice twist at the end was great, The acting wasn't great but John Cena does his best, It's a nice way to kill time but no more.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2013
    12 Rounds is full of energy but doesn't pack the right amount of punch. The film's tacky acting and loose storyline could only push it so far, but not far enough to go the distance. 2.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2011
    Everything-in-the-trailer <i>Die Hard With A Vengeance</i> rip-off, with dot-to-dot simplistic plotting and a truly terrible lead performance from WWE Star John Cena. Further evidence of Renny Harlin's hackary, the script is risible, the situations utterly unbelievable and the characterisation non-existent. The only thing working is Aidan Gillen's charismatic performance; he makes for an enjoyable villain and is totally fuckable. If he doesn't float your boat there's absolutely nothing here.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2011
    Instantly forgettable, 12 Rounds is part Speed, Die Hard, Saw, 24, and 88 Minutes (a terrible movie itself). The script is horrendous, and is not given any favors by a cast headlined by John Cena. What keeps this movie from being a complete train wreck are a number of "so bad its' good moments" and energetic pacing with a few good action scenes.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer

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