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Death Race Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 22, 2008
Let Death Race serve as a warning, or maybe an inspiration, to any TV producer who says she'd kill for high ratings: Why not stage a pay-per-view car race in which prisoners compete to stay alive on the course?
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 22, 2008
The combination of good actors and terrible dialogue might have allowed the film a chance at minor cult status, if it weren't for the frustratingly inept action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 22, 2008
Death Race is cartoonishly brutal and pleasantly disreputable.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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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
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 22, 2008
It's the perfect end-of-summer film, and a sign that summer needs to end soon.
| Original Score: C+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 22, 2008
If you're a fan of Gone in 60 Seconds or The Fast and the Furious, you won't look at your watch while the movie is going on, and you won't feel conned out of your money when it's over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 22, 2008
Like first love -- or maybe just a crowbar to the Adam's apple -- Death Race works fast and hits hard. A prison flick and a car chase movie at the same time? I am so there.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 22, 2008
Well, you've got to say this for Death Race: It knows what it is and doesn't apologize for it. What it is, incidentally, is junk.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 22, 2008
It has the tough guy lead, dozens of mad car crack-ups, tons of gratuitous violence, sweaty B-movie appeal, and even a couple of A-talent actors, but in the end Death Race runs around in circles.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
August 22, 2008
The movie gets its own Mad Max mojo working, but there's no real attempt at social commentary here -- these churls just want to have fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
August 22, 2008
Thanks to its character interplay, the movie doesn't drag despite taking a good 40 minutes to really rev its engines. And the racing that ensues is as loud, fast, hyper-edited, and pulverizingly destructive as the gladiatorially minded would hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 22, 2008
This is still summer trash and no brain cells were injured or even fatigued in the making of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
August 22, 2008
Yes, Death Race is as brutal as a punch in the face. If you have a hankering for B-movie grime and gore, it can also be a lot of fun.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
August 22, 2008
As hard as metal and just as dumb, Paul W.S. Anderson's Death Race couldn't be further from producer Roger Corman and director Paul Bartel's goofy, bloody 1975 original, Death Race 2000.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
August 22, 2008
Actors try to add a touch of class to a picture that's utterly crass.
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
August 22, 2008
No fancy talk here, just solid, monosyllabic obscenities; no flights of digital fancy, just souped-up monster cars flipping end over end in a napalm blaze and crashing in a crunch of flaming metal ouch.
| Original Score: 5/5
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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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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
August 21, 2008
If a movie could drag its knuckles on the ground, Death Race would leave eight little tracks in the sand.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
August 21, 2008
Death Race may be a loud, lowbrow piece of pulp, but it's also crackling entertainment -- the very definition of a cheap thrill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 21, 2008
It's one of those vicious larks that just plain hit the spot. It hits the spot, throws 'er into reverse and hits the spot again, before machine-gunning it and ramming it head-on for the fun of it.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
August 21, 2008
Death Race should at least score points for its title, which is more apt than, say, Feelings Exploration. It's mostly a race, and there's a lot of death.
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 ...
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 21, 2008
Anderson's take is ultraviolent, ridiculously stupid and kind of a rush. If your brain has an 'off' switch, you're well-advised to use it. And the carnage is relentless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5