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This remake of the classic 1975 science fiction film follows the same basic story line but focuses far more on the sports action of the fictional game at its center. Chris Klein stars as all-American athlete Jonathan Cross, the most popular player of "Rollerball," a violent 21st century sport mixing elements of basketball, hockey, roller derby, and extreme sports, along with the development of live wagering that tracks each game's action. Along with his friends and teammates Marcus (L.L. Cool J) and Aurora (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), Jonathan is living the life of a media celebrity… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Only those attracted to Waterworld- or Last Action Hero-level big-budget disasters need bother with this one."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"Rollerball looks like a checklist shaped by a 15-year-old mallrat: thrashing metal track, skateboards, motorbikes, cracked heads and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos with her top off."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"A dire re-working of the provocative 1975 sci-fi satire."
‑ , Film4
"This film was long-delayed and much altered in post-production and it shows."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"It's rare to see a movie fail in every possible area ..."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"Loud, crude and outlandish, Rollerball is a parody of itself, a frenzy of extreme-sports stunts masquerading as social commentary on violence and the corporate forces that feed off it."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"Pushes the Hollywood action movie to stratospheric new levels of incoherence."
‑ Paul Malcolm, L.A. Weekly
"This is a terrible big-budget fiasco with a go nowhere plot and terrible cast."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This remake exists for no clear reason at all. It doesn't even make sense and the action is dull and repetitive."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"...tries to work in some eye-rolling instances of social commentary, and this is where it fails completely."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Although Norman Jewison's stolidly grim and ultimately ludicrous 1975 original was hardly a landmark of nightmarish sci-fi, it towers over this."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"The new version just makes you feel like you've been watching a lame late-night rerun while stuck in a thunderdome."
‑ , Entertainment Weekly
"The French accents go from Canadian to European within a sentence, and that's only from the ones I could pick up. Who knows what other languages were massacred in the process?"
‑ Guylaine Cadorette,
"Rollerball is rigged to play as a critique of the corporate media's ruthlessly sensational tactics (overseas, that is), but even a junior-high hockey goalie could recognize it as a cheesy product of such sensationalism itself."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"An own-goal fest that will have you asleep in your seat by half time."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
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