Brawl in Cell Block 99
Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)

A former boxer named Bradley loses his job as an auto mechanic, and his troubled marriage is about to expire. At this crossroads in his life, he feels that he has no better option than to work for an old buddy as a drug courier. This… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 6, 2017
DVD Release Date: December 26, 2017
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Critic Score
92%
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User Score
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Brawl in Cell Block 99 rides a committed Vince Vaughn performance into the brutally violent -- and undeniably entertaining -- depths of prison-set grindhouse genre fare.

Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

Vince Vaughn is so intimidating in "Brawl in Cell Block 99," even the back of his head seems to be glaring at us and asking, "Do we have a problem here?"

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Simon Abrams
RogerEbert.com

A grade-A piece of meathead cinema.

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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

It could have turned into a lurid spectacle but it's also an intelligently-made crime thriller with a strong performance from Vaughn and a script that grounds the violence in emotion and devotion.

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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post

Writer-director S. Craig Zahler takes his handiwork so seriously that viewers may do the same.

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Robert Abele
TheWrap

If it's been a while since you've felt the cold blast and hard crunch of midnight-movie meanness, Zahler's shaping up to be your guy - the one selling illicit thrills out of the trunk of a well-restored, vinyl-topped LTD.

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Joel Harley
Starburst

As it drags its reluctant antihero down to the depths of a Salo-esque torture prison, Brawl in Cell Block 99 is, quite exquisitely, the ultimate feel-bad prison movie.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

...the kind of vicious, no-nonsense prison drama that dads dream about when the TV is finally theirs to command.

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David Fear
Rolling Stone

What makes Brawl in Cell Block 99 work so well isn't the violence, however, but Vaughn.

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Martyn Conterio
CineVue

Brawl in Cell Block 99 is a requiem for the workingman, brilliantly crafted and suitably savage.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Brendan Nicholls
This was a really cool movie that has a consistent tone throughout. Vaughn has the best role for quite some time and he doesn't waste a second, you would… More
Alec Barniskis
The film is at it's best when it indulges in it's little digressions and oddities (Vaughn tearing a car apart with his bare hands, Fred Melamed's… More
Lane Zieben
(3 1/2 Stars) Brawl In Cell Block 99 is what Vince Vaughan's character in True Detective should have been. Director Craig Zahler dips into a macabre once… More