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12 Rounds Reviews

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September 21, 2010
as a fast-food action director, Renny Harlin still delivers a fun movie
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 1, 2009
Heavy on stunts but light on plausibility, humor, surprise, visual ingenuity or psychological depth.
August 12, 2009
Awfully forgettable, but Harlin makes things go boom again, with ruthless efficiency that puts the flick just over the hump of the straight-to-cable Jeff Speakman school. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 24, 2009
With all the nuance of a fist to the groin, ... (it's) the kind of forgettable film that isn't impossible to enjoy but that only a Cena fan could truly love.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 9, 2009
A very satisfying and well made action thriller that could only be improved if Arnold Schwarzenegger was the star.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 4, 2009
With its wonderful post-Katrina NOLA setting and the standard stunt spectacle as only Harlin can deliver, 12 Rounds is actually quite good. It's no masterpiece, but then again, few post-millennial adrenaline rushes have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 24, 2009
...a decent action movie that could've been a great one...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 2, 2009
Loud, idiotic nonsense.
June 2, 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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 2, 2009
Cena has the sort of likeable air that suggests he could just make it as an action movie type. However, it won't be thanks to this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 29, 2009
12 Rounds is a big chunk of outlandish nonsense stuck in a time-warp of conventions, bereft of originality and genuine thrills.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 29, 2009
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".
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 29, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
May 29, 2009
While 12 Rounds is well above average for an action movie, it's important not to get too carried away. This is, after all, a picture in which leading lady Ashley Scott is less appealing than her pet pug.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 29, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 29, 2009
One long blur of car stunts and digital clocks counting down to detonation - passable for lazy television viewing, but not worth the price of a ticket.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 29, 2009
It remains to be seen whether this crude, dumbly entertaining outing will encourage the director to tackle more of the Greek myths.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 29, 2009
12 Rounds's familiarity undercuts any kind of suspense it hopes to build, and for an action-packed romp it's incredibly dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 29, 2009
Those in the mood for something kinda dumb but lotsa fun look no further.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 29, 2009
The kind of passable in-flight entertainment you could watch half-asleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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