Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 22
  2. Negative: 7 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    25
    Movie is dopey. And with its emphasis on stupid violence, xylophone abs, and getting yourself on YouTube, it's yet another product that makes you feel bad about today's youth culture.
  2. Reviewed by: Jason McBride
    38
    At times, the film is more fun than it deserves to be, and it's probably a lot more fun if you're a 13-year-old with an addiction to "Bully: Scholarship Edition."
  3. 25
    A formula flick that should have tapped out in the script stage.
  4. While too bland and stupid to be offensive, Never Back Down spouts a hollow message of nonviolence while celebrating the brutal satisfaction of beating the crap out of someone.
  5. The movie speeds up and slows down as though controlled by a director in the grip of competing medications. For those who make it to the final beatdown, however, the only pill worth taking is the one that makes you forget.
  6. Sitting through this is groan-inducing enough, but it's spiritually depressing to watch Djimon Hounsou, who deserves better.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 126 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 51
  2. Negative: 15 out of 51
  1. Nov 5, 2014
    8
    I definitely don't agree with the critic ratings, and sometimes I wonder about those people who do them. This movie is full of action and youI definitely don't agree with the critic ratings, and sometimes I wonder about those people who do them. This movie is full of action and you get to see different people adapt to different situations. The music definitely fit the movie and at times it can really get you pumped up. It definitely keeps your interest throughout the whole movie and it's one of those movies that you can watch multiple times and not get bored of it. It's definitely worth watching/owning. Full Review »
  2. Dec 7, 2013
    8
    Though the story is straightforward and simple that you can guess how it will finish but still movie is thrilling and enjoyable. Very poorlyThough the story is straightforward and simple that you can guess how it will finish but still movie is thrilling and enjoyable. Very poorly rated by critics. Full Review »
  3. Nov 19, 2013
    10
    Fight Club is better, but thats one of the best fight films ever, so inspiring and motivating. If you watch you will be amazed about the majorFight Club is better, but thats one of the best fight films ever, so inspiring and motivating. If you watch you will be amazed about the major characters focus. Full Review »