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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 4, 2009
This was never going to be much, but it could have been more than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 8, 2009
Add an element of interactivity into the hyperkinetic, repetitive action, plodding narrative, and stupefyingly obvious social commentary, and the potential might exist for something entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 4, 2009
Where Neveldine/Taylor lose their way is by trying to marry their no-shot-lasts-longer-than-five-seconds style with overstuffed storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Maddy Myers
Boston Phoenix
September 10, 2009
Poor editing makes Gamer overlong, and the negative portrayal of gamers is as hard to swallow as the cheesy plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 4, 2009
When they open a Bad Movie Hall of Fame, there'll be a display case waiting for Amber Valletta's shorts.
| Original Score: D+
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
September 4, 2009
It should be ridiculously easy to have fun with a concept like this, but the joyless, coarse, bordering-on-hostile way this whole thing is put together just smacks of contempt for not only the audience, but storytelling in general.
James Rocchi
Redbox
September 5, 2009
Gamer scratches at the shameless energy of the Crank films occasionally, but it mostly goes, as if on rails, to the inevitable conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Josh Modell
AV Club
September 4, 2009
It's clear that Neveldine and Taylor could have come up with something deeper, darker, and better for their third act. Instead, they lean on the easy cheat codes of conventionality, somehow forgetting they're better at exploding them.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 8, 2009
Crass, nonstop action triumphs over narrative and character in this movie-length simulation of a video game.
Rick Mele
AskMen.com
September 4, 2009
There's a reason Neveldine and Taylor have been heralded by action junkies as potential saviors of the genre -- after years of interchangeable formulaic entries, they're giving audiences something different yet familiar at the same time. Is it perfect? Ha
Full Review | Original Score: 60/100
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
September 4, 2009
The action scenes are a giant blurry glob of explosions, sudden attacks and spontaneous graphic deaths.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
September 4, 2009
Neveldine & Taylor have finally attained a level of crazy previously only displayed in Richard Kelly's Southland Tales.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
September 5, 2009
A mindless and tedious sci-fi action film that's high on style while low on substance and palpable thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 4, 2009
Unfortunately, most of the ideas Neveldine and Taylor use to create an alterna-world in "Gamer" were already used to better effect in the brilliantly crappy "Crank."
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Grant Lauchlan
Daily Record (UK)
September 18, 2009
The best that can be said about Gamer is "straight to DVD". It's a mind-numbing dud of a movie that in reality is nothing more than a big budget computer game splashed across the silver screen with an all star cast.
| Original Score: 2/5
Todd Gilchrist
Sci Fi Wire
September 4, 2009
...a film that isn't merely offensive but borderline irresponsible, and all the more so because the filmmakers might consider that description a compliment.
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
September 4, 2009
A dull slog of endless action and sex, trying so hard to push the pleasure centers on the brains of its adolescent male audience that it wears itself, and the audience, out
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 4, 2009
Gamer is a laborious bit of sci-fi grimness that dully updates The Running Man for the 21st century.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
September 5, 2009
It's a mess of a film mainly because the "CRANK"-style of filmmaking doesn't really fit with the material because for the most part, the movie is played straight. It's a real shame cause the premise sounded ridiculously fun
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
September 5, 2009
For starters, it's just plain goofy.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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