67

Entertainment Weekly

"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.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The Condemned isn't post-modern junk, smirky junk, faux junk or clever junk. It's pure junk, with a certain integrity to it.
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38

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
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.
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38

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
There are stretches when it becomes tedious and insufferably self important. There's even a late scene in which the movie turns preachy.
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25

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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.
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25

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A real stinker. It doesn't have the courage of its own bad taste, or that of its villain.
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25

USA Today

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.
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20

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
D-grade "Running Man" ripoff.
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12

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Just watch Austin on "WrestleMania" instead, avoiding the shower this movie leaves you wanting.
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12

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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.
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23 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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