Death Race 2000
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Cult hero Paul Bartel directed this low-budget satire in which America's passion for cars, violence, and sporting events are finally brought together in one convenient package. In the not-so-distant future, the United States has become a totalitarian regime overseen by the charming but sinister Mr. President (Sandy McCallum), who, in order to satisfy the masses' need for entertainment (and to quench their thirst for violence), has created a new national sport -- the Death Race, a nationwide road rally in which the winner is not determined by who finishes first, but by who scores the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Behold the power of cheese!"
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"Overall the movie isn't as synchromeshed as it might be; the rivalry between champions Carradine and Stallone isn't very interesting, and some of the gags aren't sick or funny enough. But it's a great audience film."
‑ , Time Out
"A goofy piece of over-the-top mayhem with half a brain."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"Director Paul Bartel perfected his brand of blackhearted humor on this ragged production, overcoming budgetary restraint with inspired moments of B movie spectacle..."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"One of King Corman's finest pictures."
‑ , Film4
"The story, about a road race in the not-too-distant future for which the drivers are given points for running down pedestrians, becomes an elaborate and telling fantasy about our peculiar popular entertainments. Fine work carved from minimal materials."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"In the end, it reveals itself to have nothing to say beyond the superficial about government or rebellion. And in the absence of such a statement, it becomes what it seems to have mocked -- a spectacle glorifying the car is an instrument of violence."
‑ , New York Times
"A terrifically entertaining movie, and a sharp, funny social commentary from start to finish."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"The conception and execution are top-notch low-budget trash."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"It has a comic strip premise which is neverthless wholly credible in a sick sort of way."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Script, from an Ib Melchior story, makes its satirical points economically, and director Paul Bartel keeps the film moving quickly."
‑ , Variety
"A movie that has a little bit of everything, and it's easily the best version of itself that could possibly be put together."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Roger Corman is the master of doing a lot with a little, and Death Race 2000 is but one shining example of the filmmaker's know-how."
‑ Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton, Dread Central
"Death Race 2000 is as Corman as his B-grade action pics come, with cars flying through the frame, blood spilling behind them, and overnight pit-stops for some sex ("navigators" in each car keep their drivers juiced up)."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
"Unwatchable car wreck of an exploitation film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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