Battle Royale Reviews

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March 31, 2020
Battle Royale is above all a high-concept, action black comedy. Beat Takeshi's performance as Teacher Kitano is one for the record books...
August 6, 2019
Not a face value film, it leaves its audience questioning, reflecting, and debating its hauntingly resonant implications.
December 11, 2016
You would never suspect that a 70-year-old man made this film: it positively hums with youthful lust and rage.
April 10, 2016
This savage social satire revels in the brutality and gore and plays it for dark comedy and gallows humor, a teen melodrama gone feral as cliques fall apart under fire and young love is literally under the gun.
May 30, 2012
Before The Hunger Games there was Battle Royale. The bloody spectacle of Japanese schoolchildren being forced into a sadistic game of "last man standing" packs an emotional wallop.
May 25, 2012
A gloriously entertaining ride, provided you have a taste for dark material and don't mind the occasional poke in the ribs.
May 25, 2012
Stylistically it's a beauty, with khaki-uniformed waifs fighting for their lives to a crashing classical score.
May 24, 2012
Awful deaths (and hysterical reactions to them) punctuate declarations of love and friendship, revelations of treachery and heavily armed expressions of angst.
May 22, 2012
Forgive the film its small flaws of histrionic performances and cheap execution for the giddy rush of its banal, Verhoevenesque atmosphere...
May 22, 2012
It may suit a certain worldview, but Battle Royale's cynicism is still a form fantasy-a balm as well as a bomb.
May 22, 2012
A wonderfully exciting, incredibly idiosyncratic actioner.
May 22, 2012
3D conversion of a classic teen massacre thriller raises the gore level.
May 10, 2012
Battle Royale's dystopia reflects a hyper-tech Japan still deeply concerned with social cohesion and the value-gaps between the generations. It's the disturbingly dark social frame, not its bloody canvas, that makes this a battle worth watching.
March 30, 2012
Fukasaku's set pieces are dynamic, composed and edited with a neatness that is missing from the shaky-camera esthetic of the movie's successor, 'The Hunger Games.'
March 19, 2012
Battle Royale is a masterpiece of mayhem, violence and unfettered teen melodrama.
February 22, 2012
Battle Royale is The Hunger Games not diluted for young audiences.
July 19, 2011
Pitched with the insatiable verve of a TV game show and the vacant regret of a Grand Theft Auto videogame.
March 6, 2011
It gets no points for subtlety, but this confronting, devastating, hilarious and extremely fun film is a masterpiece all in its own right.
November 24, 2009
Gloriously sick and twisted. A masterpiece.
April 29, 2009
Disturbing, gory, shocking, and very original.
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