Metascore
23

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 24
  2. Negative: 19 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Bernardin
    67
    "Battle Royale," if you've never seen it, is a fantastically sadistic and unapologetically brutal Japanese film from 2000 about miscreants dropped on a jungle island with orders to kill each other for a reality TV show. The Condemned is pretty much the same thing with half the satirical wit and twice the number of wrestlers.
  2. The Condemned isn't post-modern junk, smirky junk, faux junk or clever junk. It's pure junk, with a certain integrity to it.
  3. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    50
    Flaws, double standards, strange detours and all, this is still the most entertaining WWE release to date.
  4. 42
    The film keeps adding layers of superfluous nonsense to its plot until all that's left is glowering ultra-violence and a whole lot of missed opportunities.
  5. Reviewed by: Zach Haddad
    40
    While it sounds interesting on paper, the follow through is less than entertaining... unless you like unintentional humor.
  6. 38
    Steve Austin is conspicuously inarticulate and uncharismatic. Former soccer lout Vinnie Jones, whom no one will ever mistake for Laurence Olivier, acts rings around him.
  7. 38
    There are stretches when it becomes tedious and insufferably self important. There's even a late scene in which the movie turns preachy.
  8. A sloppy, indifferent action movie with a sadistic edge and a sour hypocrisy.
  9. 33
    A catastrophically messy action-movie mash-up.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    30
    Condemned is, if nothing else, an object lesson in how to punish women for fun and profit. But it's all for a point, the filmmakers would have us believe. One suspects that's a point of sale.
  11. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    30
    Picture aims for nonstop thrill ride, but for all its brainless brawn, it has plenty of stops and few real thrills.
  12. It's hard to imagine an audience that won't break up in laughter at this bewildering mixed message: Enjoy this movie, but you really shouldn't be watching it.
  13. As an actor Austin is still a lightweight, but Rick Hoffman (Hostel) fleshes out a recognizable character.
  14. A real stinker. It doesn't have the courage of its own bad taste, or that of its villain.
  15. The wrestler carries himself with decency and without self-seriousness, the qualities that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a star. Austin deserves better material than this. So do we.
  16. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    25
    This is the worst kind of movie, one that insults its audience by purporting to condemn violence while simultaneously reveling in it.
  17. It is hard to say what is more despicable about The Condemned: the overtly racist portrayal of Brekel-Goldman as Jewish-media bloodsuckers, or the film's sleazeball attempt to pass off lovingly attentive sequences of ritual torture - often scenes of incredible hulks bashing cowering women - as a critique of media violence.
  18. At what point does The Condemned turn from a stupid-fun action movie into something unpleasant and hypocritical?
  19. Tailor-made for those who like their violence multifaceted and their women monosyllabic.
  20. The film is smugly hypocritical at every turn, loudly preaching the evils of sick voyeurism while encouraging its audience to cheer every gruesome death. It's not only morally bankrupt but, between the ludicrous script and Z-level acting, scrapes the bottom of the entertainment barrel, too.
  21. 12
    Just watch Austin on "WrestleMania" instead, avoiding the shower this movie leaves you wanting.
  22. 0
    Sickeningly violent and inane movie.
  23. Wiper doesn't exploit the possibilities of his setting, so the only conflict is the fighting, the only suspense comes from waiting for the next character to pop out from behind a tree and do something possibly interesting.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Ryencoke
    May 7, 2007
    7
    Much better than I expected. The critics see that it's a WWE movie and automatically lower their score by at least 3 points. Vinnie Jones was hilarious as usual in this movie. Stone Cold actually was a much better actor then I anticipated. The only thing that really sucked was the camera during the fight scenes. You couldn't really tell what the hell was going on. It's obviously a knock-off to 'Battle Royale', which was much better than this of course. Not half bad though. Full Review »
  2. DeniT.
    Feb 5, 2008
    0
    This movie was the biggest load of rubbish I have ever seen...the writer says "I've been watching all these reality tv shows lately and the idea came to me", get out. Try watching Battle Royale loser. Almost a genuine copy with the storyline. Real hard to enjoy when it's a good idea dumbed down for the masses. Full Review »
  3. Mar 7, 2012
    2
    A bunch of unlikeable jerks grunting and cussing and punching and stabbing and running and shooting and hi-yaaing and sweaty boobs bouncing everywhere until all the jerks are dead and one jerk is left alive. Roll credits. So yeah, a WWE movie. Full Review »