70

Los Angeles Times

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).
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60

Empire

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."
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50

L.A. Weekly

This is the kind of amiable time-killer that belongs on a basic-cable weekend afternoon.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

You will probably find yourself praying for this duel's knock-out punch to arrive long before it actually does.
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40

Austin Chronicle

I defy you to hate John Cena. Really. You can try all you want, but I don't think you'll make it.
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38

Chicago Tribune

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.
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38

Boston Globe

As one of the WWE's marquee pro wrestlers, John Cena is some actor. As a straight actor . . . he's a great wrestler.
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25

TV Guide

It's not fun and it gets tiring real fast.
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25

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
12 Rounds is the unholy stepchild of "Die Hard with a Vengeance" and "Speed," starring a man whose lack of range makes Steven Seagal seem nuanced by comparison.
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20

The Hollywood Reporter

Cena is no Jason Statham. His stolid seriousness sucks the life right out of any scene in which he's required to speak. It's a bad sign when you repeatedly wish a runaway trolley would silence the hero.
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38 out of 100
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