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  • Summary: When New Orleans Police Detective, Danny Fisher, stops a brilliant thief, Miles, from getting away with a multi-million-dollar heist, the thief's girlfriend is accidentally killed. After escaping from prison, the criminal mastermind enacts his revenge, taunting Danny with a series of near-impossible puzzles and tasks ...12 rounds...that Danny must somehow complete to save the life of his fiancee. (20th Century Fox) Collapse
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: 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.
  5. 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.
  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
    10
    The viewer, even from a seated position, deserves a championship belt for surviving this overlong actioner.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 12 out of 20
  1. AngelA
    Apr 20, 2009
    10
    The movie has a good idea and some really seat-gripping excitement. It reminds me of Die Hard with a Vengeance but even more exciting. The plot is good with enough twists to keep everyone's interests. I have only one negative thing to say...and this is that I hate the type of camera work in this movie. It seems to be the latest rage in movies...to have jerky-action shots. Personally I think it looks amateurish and makes the watcher slightly nauseous. What a shame to do that to such an exciting film. Even with that type of photography, I would still recommend this film and have done so. I had never seen any advertising for this film and would not have gone to see it had I not looked up a synopsis of it. Expand
  2. ChristopheS.
    Jul 31, 2009
    7
    Is this the best movie ever? Definatly not, but it is entertaining. There is some good action scenes, a bit of humour so just put your brain Off, relax and enjoy. Expand
  3. EricB.
    Jul 19, 2009
    5
    Let me get this straight. This movie is absolutely terrible, with an extremely derivative plot and horrible acting. But no matter how bad it is, it is a lot of fun to see. Plenty of action, some interesting twists, and enough anticipation to keep you going. Worth seeing, in my opinion, even if you're just checking out how cheesy it is. Expand
  4. kgm.
    Mar 28, 2009
    3
    At first glance, you
  5. CjH.
    Jul 12, 2009
    3
    Good acting. Poor script. Not as much action as the preview showed.
  6. 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 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? Expand
  7. 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!

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