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Death Race Reviews

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Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
September 26, 2008
Fast cars, machine guns, explosions, babes in hotpants - it's everything a 12-year-old boy could want in a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

The Sun (UK)
September 26, 2008
But Jason Statham can talk the torque as former racing driver Jensen Ames.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
September 26, 2008
Anderson serves up an unashamedly guilty pleasure that hits every note, particularly when the racing starts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
September 26, 2008
The remake illustrates only how low modern action movies can stoop. Necks are broken, guts eviscerated. Fans of impaling and decapitation will not be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
September 26, 2008
Banish all memories of the original and you'll find this a slick throwback in the Doomsday mould. Tearing across the screen with all guns blazing, it's disposable, enjoyable trash.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
September 26, 2008
With face carbon-frozen in rage and mid-Atlantic scowl in place, the Brit export is fast proving himself the most reliably fun actor on the scene, standing a good chance of becoming this generation's Charles Bronson if he keeps making movies like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 26, 2008
Anderson's remake of the 1975 Paul Bartel cult film Death Race 2000 is surprisingly effective bonehead fare.
Xan Brooks
September 26, 2008
Once out of the starting grid, the film proceeds to edit the action so dementedly that one struggles to work out whose car just exploded, who flipped over and who's driving the one with the missile-launcher on the roof.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
September 26, 2008
This sci-fi fantasy about crazy Mad Max races in a high security prison is 8,000 horsepower of pure auto-erotic carnage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Leigh Singer
September 26, 2008
Crude, rude, testosterone-clotted, meat-headed fun, mind, but its loud and proud lack of pretension is a relief compared to the pseudo-profundity of many blockbusters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Hewitt (UK)
Empire Magazine
September 26, 2008
It's nothing more than an enjoyable, ridiculously macho B-movie romp, but it's Anderson's best movie since the underrated Event Horizon. Perhaps, at long last, he's starting to find his - yep - top gear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
September 25, 2008
It's brainless fun, but while Anderson's brilliant staging of the flesh-ripping stunts surpasses Bartel's cheap thrills, this update lacks the sardonic wit and satirical bite of the Corman-produced version.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Victor Olliver
September 25, 2008
Director Paul WS Anderson has stripped out the satire and black comedy of Roger Corman's 1975 original and left us with just a straight homicidal Grand Prix.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
September 11, 2008
Like a monster car rally without a Truckosaurus in sight, this is more about the smashes and crashes than the vehicles themselves
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
September 9, 2008
While the tone is right, the action is cobbled together in such a way that the only thing viewers will experience is motion sickness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Black
September 6, 2008
To a seasoned moviegoer who saw the original film, this version offers nothing new but updated armored cars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 5, 2008
[Anderson] misses out on the original film's theatricality of the racers and the dark humor of making targets out of pedestrians - a satire on the audience bloodlust to which Anderson cluelessly panders.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
September 2, 2008
Check out the 1975 original instead, kids. It has cars running over old people and women!
| Original Score: 1/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
September 1, 2008
a balls-to-the-wall tank-ful of amiable idiocy, fast-paced enough to keep anyone's eye on the road.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 29, 2008
...enough turbo-charged adrenaline to satisfy...the No Fear t-shirt crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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