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Jonathan Cross is an all-American hotshot, the most popular player in the fastest and most extreme sport of all time: Rollerball. Along with teammates Marcus Ridley and Aurora, Jonathan is living the high life -- fame, money, incredible cars -- all for giving viewers what they want: a dangerous game packed with visceral thrills, breakneck speed and head-slamming action. Things go wrong when Rollerball's creator, Petrovich, realizes that serious on-court accidents bring higher viewer ratings. Soon Jonathan and his friends are playing for their lives. The teammates find themselves trapped in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 3%

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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