Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) - Rotten Tomatoes

Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)



Critic Consensus: Brawl in Cell Block 99 rides a committed Vince Vaughn performance into the brutally violent -- and undeniably entertaining -- depths of prison-set grindhouse genre fare.

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A former boxer named Bradley loses his job as an auto mechanic, and his troubled marriage is about to expire. At this crossroads in his life, he feels that he has no better option than to work for an old buddy as a drug courier. This improves his situation until the terrible day that he finds himself in a gunfight between a group of police officers and his own ruthless allies. When the smoke clears, Bradley is badly hurt and thrown in prison, where his enemies force him to commit acts of violence that turn the place into a savage battleground. From the director of Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99 stars Vince Vaughn (Hacksaw Ridge), Jennifer Carpenter ("Dexter"), Udo Kier (Blade) and Don Johnson ("Miami Vice").

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Vince Vaughn
as Bradley Thomas
Don Johnson
as Warden Tuggs
Jennifer Carpenter
as Lauren Thomas
Rob Morgan
as Jeremy
Fred Melamed
as Mr. Irving
Dan Amboyer
as Longman
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Vince Vaughn is so intimidating in "Brawl in Cell Block 99," even the back of his head seems to be glaring at us and asking, "Do we have a problem here?"

October 13, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Writer-director S. Craig Zahler takes his handiwork so seriously that viewers may do the same.

October 12, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

...the kind of vicious, no-nonsense prison drama that dads dream about when the TV is finally theirs to command.

October 7, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A grade-A piece of meathead cinema.

October 6, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

If it's been a while since you've felt the cold blast and hard crunch of midnight-movie meanness, Zahler's shaping up to be your guy - the one selling illicit thrills out of the trunk of a well-restored, vinyl-topped LTD.

October 5, 2017 | Full Review…
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What makes Brawl in Cell Block 99 work so well isn't the violence, however, but Vaughn.

October 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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