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Death Race Reviews

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Mike Barnard
Future Movies UK
August 21, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
October 18, 2008
The main problem with the new film is that it tries to make the whole thing credible, whereas the original never tried to make any sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 22, 2008
Of all the Z-movies in the Roger Corman catalog, they had to remake Death Race 2000.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 22, 2008
A series of really wonderful kills that kept me highly entertained and a gay love story that could be the best since Brokeback Mountain.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 22, 2008
It is an assault on all the senses, including common. Walking out, I had the impression I had just seen the video game and was still waiting for the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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James Berardinelli
August 22, 2008
Statham's films never promise to be something they're not or offer something they don't provide. Death Race is not an exception.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 22, 2008
[D]irector Paul W.S. Anderson gives us gray cars racing around gray buildings underneath a gray sky. When I found myself longing for the eye-scorching hues of Speed Racer, I knew we were in trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 21, 2008
Bravely takes on that philosophical quandary every one of us must face: What to do when a ninja breaks into your home, frames you for the murder of your wife and taunts you with a finger-gun motion?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Aaron Hillis
L.A. Weekly
August 21, 2008
Almost so bad it's good. Almost ...
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
August 20, 2008
Anderson - not to be confused with Paul Thomas Anderson, the fearlessly ambitious director of 'Magnolia' and 'There Will Be Blood' - has created a movie worthy of its own video game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 22, 2008
Car-crash porn for the modern audience.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 21, 2008
Death Race is a cinematic dreadnought: imposing on the surface, hollow at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 21, 2008
A serviceable, forgettable genre film marked by leaden performances, even more leaden dialogue, a few sterlingly gruesome images, and a supremely campy performance from Joan Allen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Eric D. Snider
August 21, 2008
A testament to the incompetence of Paul W.S. Anderson, who has never made a good movie and apparently isn't about to start now.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
August 26, 2008
Cars, babes and guns. Stop, that's enough to entertain. It should have been an overly violent, comical Mario Kart. This is not a remake, this is a title take.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
John Hazelton
Screen International
October 18, 2008
Anderson finds a few interesting angles from which to cover things, but there's nothing really memorable or original to wow jaded action fans.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 27, 2008
It's all pretty senseless and senseless is how I felt at the end of it all, after being party to a sadistic and deadly race that relies on the killing of its participants for its entertainment.
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
October 31, 2008
There's some fine action, but the film never gets within spitting distance of breaking any taboos or taste barriers, which, for a schlock spectacle, is like racing within speed limits.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 19, 2008
DEATH RACE is going to please non-demanding moviegoers that love their flicks violent and action-packed. But this is like eating a generic brand of cereal, tastes okay until you have the real thing again.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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