Overwhelming dislike - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 28
  2. Negative: 24 out of 28
  1. 12
    An incoherent mess, a jumble of footage in search of plot, meaning, rhythm and sense.
  2. 25
    The most depressing thing about this movie is not that it's such a complete waste of time, but that there are people in Hollywood who think this kind of thing is what American movie-goers are interested in seeing.
  3. 10
    Say this for the soundtrack, it drowns out the lousy dialogue.
  4. Remarkably empty, remarkably noisy, remarkably pleasureless. It's unwatchable.
  5. Gets stupider as it moves along. By the end, you just don't care whether that cold-hearted snake Petrovich (that would be Reno) gets his comeuppance. Just bring on the Battle Bots, please!
  6. 0
    Bad and baffling from the get-go, probably the only good thing to come out of this Rollerball is the boon it gives the porn industry in terms of another ready-made title to spoof.
  7. 20
    The current version, however, like its predecessor, fails as entertainment. Mr. McTiernan's remake may be lighter on its feet -- the sober-minded original was as graceful as a tap-dancing rhino -- but it is just as boring and as obvious.
  8. It's too bad this Rollerball veered off-track so swiftly, derailed by bad writing and possibly also by some of that extensive post-production reworking.
  9. What's up with director John McTiernan? The man has got to get a career of his own -- sponging off the pale leavings of Norman Jewison just won't do.
  10. A movie of such rank stupidity and appalling taste.
  11. Some movies should never have been made, and high on that list is the addled new remake of Rollerball.
  12. 25
    There's something junior varsity about the whole sensibility that makes the new version seem more dated than the old one.
  13. 20
    Only those attracted to "Waterworld" or "Last Action Hero" level big-budget disasters need bother with this one.
  14. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    The word on Rollerball is "troubled," though troubled is what you call a high school junior with 50 snakes under his bed. Catastrophe is more like it.
  15. It has no moments of athletic grace amid the chaos, no apparent sense of strategy. It's basically just mayhem set to rock music.
  16. Coupled with the flavorless dialogue of the inane script and a leading man who registers all the glow of a black hole, there's nothing to anchor this mindless mess of a film.
  17. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Meretricious without being entertaining, it's an easy game -- and an easier film -- to sit out.
  18. 0
    Plentiful helpings of dreadful acting, confusing action cinematography, choppy editing and embarrassing dialogue, with the added bonus of a plot almost as dumb as that of the original film.
  19. This oddly scrambled new version eventually falls apart so badly you feel embarrassed for the people who made it.
  20. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Sheer chaos on wheels, a hysterically edited jumble that defies belief at nearly every juncture.
  21. As in the comparatively quaint original film, there are whiffs of greed, carnage, social upheaval and the triumph of the numskull, but it's all rendered noxious nonsense by zooming hot rods, vague T&A, irritating jump-cuts and a bunch of dipshit Power Ranger wannabes slamming in hell's moshpit.
  22. 0
    Rollerball pushes the Hollywood action movie to stratospheric new levels of incoherence; pounding at the senses, it's mashed story, character, time and space into a chunky hash.
  23. 0
    McTiernan's Rollerball is a movie masochist's delight.
  24. Reviewed by: Chris Gore
    Will surely end up as one of this year’s worst films.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 14 out of 18
  1. Oct 6, 2011
    Having just seen this on cable, I wanted to see if there were any scores above a 1. But as long as I'm here... Not even a so bad it's good, just... bad. Full Review »
  2. TerryR
    Aug 30, 2009
    I've seen better movies in theaters for the blind.
  3. SteveH
    Feb 5, 2008
    A real disappointment - I didn't expect a copy of the original but I didn't expect something to be this bad. I thought it might get better after a bad start - but it manages to go down hill all the way to the end. It is beyond belief that it could be rated a ten by anyone. Full Review »