Battle Royale Reviews

May 20, 2012
Maybe Battle Royale's ultimate punchline is its inexplicable ability to fool some people into taking it seriously.
November 7, 2006
What it does have is plenty of splatter, noise and energy.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
A minor sensation in Japan where questions were asked in parliament, this noisy and bombastic adaptation of a recent pulp novel doesn't shape up as satire or death-sport fantasy.
August 12, 2003
The basic storyline just isn't very good, and any attempt to say anything meaningful or moving is ham-fisted and obvious, which quite simply isn't good enough for a film as in-your-face as this.
February 13, 2003
'Battle Royale' is another deeply flawed addition to the deeply offensive phenomenon of 'reality TV'.
December 10, 2001
It's fascinating, tense and grisly... but a bit of a muddle really.