Metascore
38

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
    70
    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
    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."
  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
    50
    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
    50
    This is the kind of amiable time-killer that belongs on a basic-cable weekend afternoon.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    38
    As one of the WWE's marquee pro wrestlers, John Cena is some actor. As a straight actor . . . he's a great wrestler.
  8. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    38
    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.
  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. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: Jeremy Wheeler
    25
    It's not fun and it gets tiring real fast.
  12. Reviewed by: Maitland McDonagh
    20
    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
    10
    The viewer, even from a seated position, deserves a championship belt for surviving this overlong actioner.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 12 out of 20
  1. 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 »
  2. 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 »
  3. Aug 25, 2012
    3
    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 thatI 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 »