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Rollerball Reviews

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March 31, 2015
With its sluggish pacing, Rollerball gradually loses momentum between its slickly constructed game sequences
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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
July 29, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
August 9, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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
June 19, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 5, 2007
Lifeless, uninspired, and crammed with enough hints of intellectual consistency to give the socially conscious critical establishment shivers of excitement.
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
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.
July 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
November 19, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
April 22, 2017
A science fiction masterpiece and exciting action film.
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.
May 23, 2001
It's hardly 1984, but Jewison's dystopia has its moments.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
February 8, 2002
In 1975, Rollerball was science fiction. Today, it's barely fiction.
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