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  • Summary: World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Steve Austin stars as Jack Conrad, a death-row prisoner in a corrupt Central American prison who is "purchased" by a wealthy television producer to take part in an illegal reality game show. Brought to a desolate island, Conrad finds himself trapped in a fight to the death against nine other condemned killers from all corners of the world. (Lionsgate) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 24
  2. Negative: 19 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Bernardin
    "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. 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.
  3. 38
    There are stretches when it becomes tedious and insufferably self important. There's even a late scene in which the movie turns preachy.
  4. As an actor Austin is still a lightweight, but Rick Hoffman (Hostel) fleshes out a recognizable character.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    This is the worst kind of movie, one that insults its audience by purporting to condemn violence while simultaneously reveling in it.
  6. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Mar 7, 2012
    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. Expand

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