Battle Royale Synopsis
A brutal instructor trains teens to use weapons so they can fight to the death on a remote island.
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Variety

By Robert Koehler
Departing from two decades' worth of domestic and personal dramas and returning to his roots as Japan's maestro of mayhem, Kinji Fukasaku...
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90

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
American fans of "The Hunger Games" may not embrace - or even be permitted to see - Battle Royale, which is too bad. It is in many ways a...
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90

Village Voice

[Fukasaku's] genius is finding the overlap between teenage dreams and nightmares, between the intensity of first love and the terror of...
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80

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Kinji Fukasaku's slick, sick nightmare is best left to the quasi-banned realm where it exists as a perfect satire; when brought into...
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75

New York Post

This one's a thoroughly campy exercise in teen melodrama and Grand Guignol gore (how gory? it's one of Quentin Tarantino's favorite movies),...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

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Bloodhounds will lick their lips experiencing the re-launch of Kinji Fukasaku's trendsetting Battle Royale (2000) with 3D effects, which...
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38

Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
Maybe Battle Royale's ultimate punchline is its inexplicable ability to fool some people into taking it seriously.
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Battle Royale

By movie_Man_on_Wire
Battle Royale is a controversial and violent parable of adolescence, heightening teenage melodrama with life-or-death stakes....

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What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 17+ Ultraviolent Japanese cult movie came before Hunger Games.
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