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: 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeremy Wheeler
    It's not fun and it gets tiring real fast.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 »