12 Rounds

Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 7 out of 13
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  1. Reviewed by: Genevieve Harrison
    60
    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."
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    50
    You will probably find yourself praying for this duel's knock-out punch to arrive long before it actually does.
  4. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    50
    This is the kind of amiable time-killer that belongs on a basic-cable weekend afternoon.
  5. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    40
    I defy you to hate John Cena. Really. You can try all you want, but I don't think you'll make it.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 21
  2. Negative: 12 out of 21
  1. May 8, 2015
    5
    There is just so many impossible and unbelievable moments with bad CGI effects and bad acting that we just can't believe what's going on.AndThere is just so many impossible and unbelievable moments with bad CGI effects and bad acting that we just can't believe what's going on.And the 12 rounds are pretty fast but the movie seems really long because the movie is not interesting at all. Full Review »
  2. Dec 4, 2013
    1
    John Cena needs to stick with what he normally does: wrestling, because he fails at being an actor, which even with quality actors, this movieJohn 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 »
  3. Feb 24, 2013
    8
    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 DieIf 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 »