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In a future world ruled by industrialists, "civilized" society has removed violent activity and a new sport, rollerball, has emerged. The industrialists oppose the ultimate rollerball champ, fearing that his popularity will make him too powerful. To get rid of him, they make contests last until one side is vanquished.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"James Caan, on roller skates, is trying to save the world. This needs a bit of explaining, which is only the beginning of the trouble with Rollerball."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"Ultimately, Rollerball gets by on its sheer monolithic quality - an abundance of quantity. Despite indifferent direction and dire humour, it is well mounted and photographed."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Seems to being going around in circles trying to say something but is not sure about what it wants to say, as it keeps stumbling around every bend."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It seems pretty prescient about violence, corporations, and TV."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"The combination of Roman Empire-styled decadence and violence mixed with a vision of a bizarre, loveless corporate future is evocative and unsettling."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"Norman Jewison's sensational futuristic drama about a world of Corporate States stars James Caan in an excellent performance as a famed athlete who fights for his identity and free will."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Everyone else, including Mr. Caan and John Houseman, who plays a leading Houston executive, is more solemn and serious than the movie ever merits."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The performances of Caan and Richardson are excellent, and the rollerball sequences are fast-paced and interesting."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of the most powerful science fiction films ever made."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"In 1975, Rollerball was science fiction. Today, it's barely fiction."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Lifeless, uninspired, and crammed with enough hints of intellectual consistency to give the socially conscious critical establishment shivers of excitement."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Inside the arena, it's a fantastic action movie, but outside, it's starchy and pretentious."
‑ , Film4
"This original version could EASILY have been trimmed down quite some with plenty of repetitive moments popping up throughout the film."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"The DVD is cheap."
‑ Nate Yapp,
"The performances of star player, James Caan, drawn into the politics behind the sport and John Houseman as a creepy corporate boss, are excellent."
‑ George Perry,
More reviews for Rollerball on Rotten Tomatoes

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