Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 7 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Escapist fun that provides an effective showcase for the blue-collar charisma and bulky good looks of its hyper-athletic lead, four-time World Champion wrestler John Cena (think Matt Damon, only twice the size).
  2. Reviewed by: Genevieve Harrison
    Derivative it may be, but with its echoes of "Speed," "Lethal Weapon" and "Die Hard With A Vengeance," this is a welcome throwback for audiences raised on '90s action flicks -- what they used to call "a pulse-pounding roller-coaster thrill-ride of a movie."
  3. 58
    There's something strangely charming about films that are all artifice, explosions, and naked calculation. 12 Rounds is at least honest trash: It never pretends to be anything other than manic schlock.
  4. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    You will probably find yourself praying for this duel's knock-out punch to arrive long before it actually does.
  5. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    This is the kind of amiable time-killer that belongs on a basic-cable weekend afternoon.
  6. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    I defy you to hate John Cena. Really. You can try all you want, but I don't think you'll make it.
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Noisy, cut into a head-snapping blur with little room for Cena to even try showing emotion, 12 Rounds is an occasionally exciting but always empty experience.
  8. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    As one of the WWE's marquee pro wrestlers, John Cena is some actor. As a straight actor . . . he's a great wrestler.
  9. 30
    There are, as you may have guessed, 12 rounds of this arbitrary nonsense. Annoying as the conceit may be, it neatly functions as a means to gauge how much is left to endure.
  10. Reviewed by: Jeremy Wheeler
    It's not fun and it gets tiring real fast.
  11. 25
    12 Rounds is the unholy stepchild of "Die Hard with a Vengeance" and "Speed," starring a man whose lack of range makes Steven Seagal seem nuanced by comparison.
  12. Reviewed by: Maitland McDonagh
    Cena is no Jason Statham. His stolid seriousness sucks the life right out of any scene in which he's required to speak. It's a bad sign when you repeatedly wish a runaway trolley would silence the hero.
  13. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    The viewer, even from a seated position, deserves a championship belt for surviving this overlong actioner.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 12 out of 20
  1. Dec 4, 2013
    John Cena needs to stick with what he normally does: wrestling, because he fails at being an actor, which even with quality actors, this movie still would have failed Full Review »
  2. Feb 24, 2013
    If this movie didn't star a WWE Superstar, a lot more people would have seen this! It's a beat the clock thriller from the director of Die Hard and was a million times better than I thought it would be. John Cena defiantly shows a marked improvement from The Marine, no doubt thanks to Renny Harlin. Yes, it's a WWE film, staring a WWE wrestler, but it's one hell of an action thriller! Full Review »
  3. Aug 25, 2012
    I did actually think the film tried very hard and you can see the fruits of their efforts. Unfortunately I don't think that John Cena is that good an actor and the script wasn't very good either. Full Review »