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Rollerball Reviews

March 26, 2013
Only those attracted to Waterworld- or Last Action Hero-level big-budget disasters need bother with this one.
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.
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.
March 10, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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.
January 15, 2003
Pushes the Hollywood action movie to stratospheric new levels of incoherence.
February 15, 2002
The new version just makes you feel like you've been watching a lame late-night rerun while stuck in a thunderdome.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 13, 2002
John McTiernan's botched remake may be subtler than Norman Jewison's 1975 ultraviolent futuristic corporate-sports saga. It's also stupider.
February 12, 2002
It's almost enough to make Burton's Apes retread seem like a work of artistic ingenuity.
February 11, 2002
...really horrible drek.
February 10, 2002
Like a gerbil exercising in a wheel, this movie spins and spins, generating a lot of action and noise, but getting absolutely nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 8, 2002
Jewison's rich and provocative 1975 original has been de-metaphorized, made narrow and pointless, while remaining just as loud and violent.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/5
February 8, 2002
They should have called it Gutterball.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 8, 2002
A remarkable film: Remarkably empty, remarkably noisy, remarkably pleasureless.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
February 8, 2002
With this new Rollerball, sense and sensibility have been overrun by what can only be characterized as robotic sentiment.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 8, 2002
Successfully creates for the viewer the feeling of being trapped inside a video arcade going at full tilt, a thrilling prospect for 14-year-old boys, no doubt, though it's hard to imagine anyone else enjoying it.
Read More | Original Score: C-
February 8, 2002
Despite the technical advances of the past quarter century, the game sequences are as goofy as the first go-round.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 8, 2002
Not so much a redo of the 1975 sci-fi allegory of the same title as a denial of everything that made that film timely and interesting.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 8, 2002
It had a chance to improve upon the crude and stupid 1975 original, set in a future America. Instead, it's only cruder and stupider.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 8, 2002
An incoherent mess, a jumble of footage in search of plot, meaning, rhythm and sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
February 8, 2002
This oddly scrambled new version eventually falls apart so badly you feel embarrassed for the people who made it.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 8, 2002
Missing a few key elements: a script, a reason for being and maybe a few Britney Spears ads strategically placed throughout to break up 98 minutes of solid tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 8, 2002
Little more than the skin and bones and ear-flaying soundtrack of a dubiously fleshed-out premise that seemed dated 27 years ago.
February 7, 2002
McTiernan's remake may be lighter on its feet -- the sober-minded original was as graceful as a tap-dancing rhino -- but it is just as boring and as obvious.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
February 7, 2002
It's dull, spiritless, silly and monotonous: an ultra-loud blast of pointless mayhem, going nowhere fast.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 7, 2002
A lot like the imaginary sport it projects onto the screen -- loud, violent and mindless.
Full Review | Original Score: D
February 7, 2002
Composed almost entirely of smash cuts and camera gimmickry, it makes most rock videos look like Ingmar Bergman dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 7, 2002
Dreadful acting, confusing action cinematography, choppy editing and embarrassing dialogue, with the added bonus of a plot almost as dumb as that of the original film.
February 7, 2002
By the end, you just don't care whether that cold-hearted snake Petrovich (that would be Reno) gets his comeuppance. Just bring on the Battle Bots, please!
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 7, 2002
Derailed by bad writing and possibly also by some of that extensive post-production reworking to aim the film at young males in the throes of their first full flush of testosterone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
February 7, 2002
McTiernan and the talent-deprived buffoons who wrote the remake took away the futurism and stripped most of the social satire from this cautionary tale.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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+
February 3, 2002
Say this for the soundtrack, it drowns out the lousy dialogue.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/5