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4.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 70
  2. Negative: 26 out of 70
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  1. Benjamin
    May 10, 2009
    3
    An empty, forgettable mess, and you really do start rooting against the protagonist really quick. There's distilled action, and then there's distilled action that has some redeeming twist that makes it great. You don't get that with this movie, you just get John Cena. There's a scene where he, his captured girlfriend, and the antagonist are all on a bus, and it turns An empty, forgettable mess, and you really do start rooting against the protagonist really quick. There's distilled action, and then there's distilled action that has some redeeming twist that makes it great. You don't get that with this movie, you just get John Cena. There's a scene where he, his captured girlfriend, and the antagonist are all on a bus, and it turns out that the girl has a bomb strapped to her abdomen. First off, there were really no people on that bus -- in America -- who noticed that 3 people are talking about bombs and explosions on a freaking metropolitan BUS? And then really, if it did go off, would that be so wrong at that point? Collapse
  2. LawrenceT
    May 5, 2009
    2
    The action was so damn boring. I will give it negative reviews.
  3. CjH.
    Jul 12, 2009
    3
    Good acting. Poor script. Not as much action as the preview showed.
  4. JackM.
    May 30, 2009
    0
    Just as I had expected, a film with a terrible actor which just seems to have been slapped together with pritt-stick!
  5. bjh
    Jun 9, 2009
    3
    What I really don't get is... the review for this movie by Gary Goldstein. What payola-inspired trite is that?
  6. kgm.
    Mar 28, 2009
    3
    At first glance, you
  7. AlexC
    Mar 31, 2009
    3
    It's noisy, it's something........... it's another attempt by WWE to gain more money. I rate 12 rounds a 3 because it's the marine all over again using an overrated wresler as the lead role. i personaly don't think robert ebert will even rate this movie or give it his approval everything in the is pointless.
  8. SamM.y
    Jul 26, 2009
    0
    awful one of the worst high budget low end bummer of a movie. its not the good cheesey kind. Don't waste your time!
  9. Aug 31, 2010
    3
    A poor man's 'Metro'....A vagrant's Die Hard....if your poison is blow em & shoot em up with sub-par acting then by all means have at it. But this one really lacks teeth in most categories.
  10. Mar 5, 2012
    2
    Il est bien loin le temps où Renny Harlin nous livrait d'excellents divertissements tels que 58 Minutes pour Vivre (Die Hard 2) et Cliffhanger. Et franchement, ce n'est pas avec 12 Rounds (renommé Shoot & Run) que le réalisateur va remonter la pente. Il en est même encore très loin, car ce film est d'une banalité,Il est bien loin le temps où Renny Harlin nous livrait d'excellents divertissements tels que 58 Minutes pour Vivre (Die Hard 2) et Cliffhanger. Et franchement, ce n'est pas avec 12 Rounds (renommé Shoot & Run) que le réalisateur va remonter la pente. Il en est même encore très loin, car ce film est d'une banalité, d'une invraisemblance et d'un manque de fond inimaginables. En somme, ce film n'est qu'une simple resucée d'Une Journée en Enfer (à croire que Harlin voulait faire son Die Hard 3) dont la mise en scène clipesque lorgne vers le cinéma de Tony Scott sans jamais l'égaler (et sans compter la pauvreté du casting, du script et des dialogues). Bref, un véritable échec. Alors pourquoi ne pas mettre une note plus basse? Juste par le fait que, finalement, on se laisse tout de même prendre au jeu pour passer le temps devant ce film à l'action non-stop abrutissant, qui ne vaut en rien les grands films d'action des 80's. Expand
  11. 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 that good an actor and the script wasn't very good either.
  12. 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 movie still would have failed
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: 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    10
    The viewer, even from a seated position, deserves a championship belt for surviving this overlong actioner.
  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.