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Rollerball Reviews

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May 30, 2018
Jewison's extreme-sports future shock bundles together a paranoid political thriller, a McLuhan-drunk media satire, ultraviolent exploitation, reverent respect for faddish athletic pursuits and enough zoom shots to make Robert Altman blush.
May 30, 2018
The signs are still there, and if anything, they're more pronounced than they were in 1975. Rollerball is first and foremost, a good movie. It has strong characters, a good plot, and lots of action. It is also a social commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
April 22, 2017
A science fiction masterpiece and exciting action film.
June 25, 2016
Director Norman Jewison has far more luck with his staging of the Rollerball matches (they're at once exciting and horrifying) than scripter William Harrison has in condemning this futureworld with anything more than boilerplate lip service.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 31, 2015
With its sluggish pacing, Rollerball gradually loses momentum between its slickly constructed game sequences
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 5, 2008
Inside the arena, it's a fantastic action movie, but outside, it's starchy and pretentious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 4, 2008
James Caan, on roller skates, is trying to save the world. This needs a bit of explaining, which is only the beginning of the trouble with Rollerball.
August 4, 2008
Norman Jewison's sensational futuristic drama about a world of Corporate States stars James Caan in an excellent performance as a famed athlete who fights for his identity and free will.
January 24, 2008
Seems to being going around in circles trying to say something but is not sure about what it wants to say, as it keeps stumbling around every bend.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 5, 2007
The performances of Caan and Richardson are excellent, and the rollerball sequences are fast-paced and interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 5, 2007
Lifeless, uninspired, and crammed with enough hints of intellectual consistency to give the socially conscious critical establishment shivers of excitement.
June 24, 2006
This original version could EASILY have been trimmed down quite some with plenty of repetitive moments popping up throughout the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
February 9, 2006
Ultimately, Rollerball gets by on its sheer monolithic quality - an abundance of quantity. Despite indifferent direction and dire humour, it is well mounted and photographed.
December 6, 2005
It seems pretty prescient about violence, corporations, and TV.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 9, 2005
Everyone else, including Mr. Caan and John Houseman, who plays a leading Houston executive, is more solemn and serious than the movie ever merits.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
October 21, 2004
One of the most powerful science fiction films ever made.
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
March 27, 2003
The DVD is cheap.
November 7, 2002
The combination of Roman Empire-styled decadence and violence mixed with a vision of a bizarre, loveless corporate future is evocative and unsettling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 8, 2002
In 1975, Rollerball was science fiction. Today, it's barely fiction.
September 11, 2001
The performances of star player, James Caan, drawn into the politics behind the sport and John Houseman as a creepy corporate boss, are excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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