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WWE star John Cena headlines his sophomore action picture as a police officer whose wife is kidnapped in New Orleans. Daniel Kunka provides the script, with Deep Blue Sea's Renny Harlin handling the directing duties for the 20-million-dollar Fox Atomic/WWE Films production. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

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"Heavy on stunts but light on plausibility, humor, surprise, visual ingenuity or psychological depth."
‑ Rob Nelson, Variety
"12 Rounds is an occasionally exciting but always empty action movie experience."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"as a fast-food action director, Renny Harlin still delivers a fun movie"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A very satisfying and well made action thriller that could only be improved if Arnold Schwarzenegger was the star."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Loud, idiotic nonsense."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"There's a decent little action movie somewhere inside '12 Rounds': a bit more complexity of character, a few more jokes and a hero who doesn't look like a two-by-four with a buzz cut might have gone a long way."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Awfully forgettable, but Harlin makes things go boom again, with ruthless efficiency that puts the flick just over the hump of the straight-to-cable Jeff Speakman school. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"With its wonderful post-Katrina NOLA setting and the standard stunt spectacle as only Harlin can deliver, 12 Rounds is actually quite good. It's no masterpiece, but then again, few post-millennial adrenaline rushes have been."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"Apart from the palpably improbable storyline, Harlan shows a massive disregard for characterisation, and so much bang-bang editing that you scarcely know where you are."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"A graceless scrap between a Die Hard flick and the public-transportation mayhem of Speed."
‑ Drew Toal, Time Out New York
"The future of vacuous action movies is clearly with the likes of Cena, humans who resemble characters from video games, albeit without the acting chops."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"With all the nuance of a fist to the groin, ... (it's) the kind of forgettable film that isn't impossible to enjoy but that only a Cena fan could truly love."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"...a decent action movie that could've been a great one..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Cena has the sort of likeable air that suggests he could just make it as an action movie type. However, it won't be thanks to this movie."
‑ Mickey McMonagle, Sunday Mail [UK]
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