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Rollerball Reviews

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Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
There's nothing surprising about it, but aficionados of speed, quick cuts and high-tech mayhem will love John McTiernan's direction here. Oh, and there are way cool cars too.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 8, 2002
For those with the stomach and stamina for its heartbeat-quickening intensity and body-slamming action, Rollerball delivers exactly what it promises: A people's hero you can really get behind.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 7, 2002
I went with it. So, I'm guessing, will a lot of that cherished demographic, 14- to 34-year-old boys.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 6, 2002
The uneven Rollberball still feels like the dopiest, punchiest studio satire since Starship Troopers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
March 26, 2013
Only those attracted to Waterworld- or Last Action Hero-level big-budget disasters need bother with this one.
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David Germain
Associated Press
March 26, 2013
Loud, crude and outlandish, Rollerball is a parody of itself, a frenzy of extreme-sports stunts masquerading as social commentary on violence and the corporate forces that feed off it.

March 26, 2013
A dire re-working of the provocative 1975 sci-fi satire.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
This is a terrible big-budget fiasco with a go nowhere plot and terrible cast.
Guylaine Cadorette
November 20, 2008
The French accents go from Canadian to European within a sentence, and that's only from the ones I could pick up. Who knows what other languages were massacred in the process?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
This film was long-delayed and much altered in post-production and it shows.
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Robert Koehler
June 11, 2008
Although Norman Jewison's stolidly grim and ultimately ludicrous 1975 original was hardly a landmark of nightmarish sci-fi, it towers over this.
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
November 8, 2007
This remake exists for no clear reason at all. It doesn't even make sense and the action is dull and repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
March 10, 2007
| Original Score: 1/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rollerball looks like a checklist shaped by a 15-year-old mallrat: thrashing metal track, skateboards, motorbikes, cracked heads and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos with her top off.
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
May 19, 2004
Rollerball is rigged to play as a critique of the corporate media's ruthlessly sensational tactics (overseas, that is), but even a junior-high hockey goalie could recognize it as a cheesy product of such sensationalism itself.
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 7, 2004
It's rare to see a movie fail in every possible area ...
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...tries to work in some eye-rolling instances of social commentary, and this is where it fails completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
April 8, 2003
An own-goal fest that will have you asleep in your seat by half time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
January 15, 2003
Pushes the Hollywood action movie to stratospheric new levels of incoherence.
Andrew Manning
Radio Free Entertainment
January 13, 2003
Despite delivering a sexy Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, this 5-mph trainwreck is a badly executed attempt at action that can't even be relied upon to deliver mindless and gratuitous violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/10
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