70

L.A. Weekly

Neveldine and Taylor’s spazzy (but coherent) action scenes rely mostly on blood spurts instead of feats of badassery, but their dystopia is inventive and their visual schemes diverse.
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60

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Crank’s Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor direct with their usual flashy brio, and basso profundo Keith David has a sublime cameo as a cop indignant at the thought of a pistachio peanut butter sandwich. It’s that kind of movie, folks.
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40

Variety

The audience gets played in Gamer. This latest eye-scraper from writer-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor is as hopped up as their "Crank" pics, but with dour Gerard Butler as a soldier commandeered by a teenage gamer, it's considerably less interactive.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The technical barrage of visual and digital effects, quick cuts and strobe lighting does produce something akin to the sensation of playing a video game. So why, one wonders, don't potential viewers simply play one instead of watching this pale imitation?
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38

Boston Globe

For long stretches of the PlayStation-minded Gamer, the action does drag.
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38

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
I wonder if Gamer might make a good game; it certainly doesn't make a good movie.
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30

Los Angeles Times

Rarely have the words "game over" come as such sweet relief.
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30

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Considerably less of a thrillgasm than playing "Frogger" blindfolded.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
As the brutish Kable, Gerard Butler must find out who's pulling his strings, but it's the audience whose chain gets yanked by this headache-inducing techno-violent mishmash.
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20

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
What the movie needs more than anything else is a fast-forward button.
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27 out of 100
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