Death Race
Death Race (2008)

The Transporter star Jason Statham takes the wheel in director Paul W.S. Anderson's remake of the Roger Corman classic about a hyper-violent cross-country race that breaks all of the traditional rules of the road. The time is the… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 21, 2008
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43%
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User Score
61%

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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mindless, violent, and lightning-paced, Death Race is little more than an empty action romp.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

It's brainless fun, but while Anderson's brilliant staging of the flesh-ripping stunts surpasses Bartel's cheap thrills, this update lacks the sardonic wit and satirical bite of the Corman-produced version.

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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com

Death Race is cartoonishly brutal and pleasantly disreputable.

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James Rocchi
Common Sense Media

Violent action remake races to a high body count.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Let Death Race serve as a warning, or maybe an inspiration, to any TV producer who says she'd kill for high ratings: Why not stage a pay-per-view car race in which prisoners compete to stay alive on the course?

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

Statham's films never promise to be something they're not or offer something they don't provide. Death Race is not an exception.

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

The most epically loaded triple-cheeseburger action film since "Con Air." Driving-team maven Spiro Razatos handles second-unit duty, and flings gas, sweat and oil at the screen with the hard-cornered glee of having real Hot Wheels with which to play.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

The combination of good actors and terrible dialogue might have allowed the film a chance at minor cult status, if it weren't for the frustratingly inept action sequences.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Of all the Z-movies in the Roger Corman catalog, they had to remake Death Race 2000.

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

This is both a bad film and a bad influence, and on many levels. Still, for all of its brainlessness, it somehow manages a train-wreck hold on attention.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Absolutely no real plot or good acting. Awesome balls to the walls action and a hot young lady made this movie passable. Good effects nad lots of fun.
Phil Hubbs
OK this is highly highly predictable stuff but its damn good fun stuff thats for sure :) Death Race is basically a computer game blueprint ready to go,… More
xGary Xx
An ex-racing car driver is framed for the murder of his wife in order to force him to impersonate the dead star of a gladiatorial game show of the near future.… More
Alex roy
The Death Race remake is one of the most mindless action yarns that doesn't rely on a great plot to deliver something worthwhile for viewers who enjoy… More
Chris Weber
Attention holding, entertaining, solid B-movie that's decently well made and delivers what it promises. The story, and elements there in are contrived and… More
Directors Cat
The undeniable truth is that Death Race is absolutely trashy and juvenille. But be that as it may, it's grungy drivel that's almost impossible to… More