Death Race Reviews

  • 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?

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • No fancy talk here, just solid, monosyllabic obscenities; no flights of digital fancy, just souped-up monster cars flipping end over end in a napalm blaze and crashing in a crunch of flaming metal ouch.

    Nathan Lee — New York Times

  • Once out of the starting grid, the film proceeds to edit the action so dementedly that one struggles to work out whose car just exploded, who flipped over and who's driving the one with the missile-launcher on the roof.

    Xan Brooks — Guardian [UK]

  • If a movie could drag its knuckles on the ground, Death Race would leave eight little tracks in the sand.

    Philip Kennicott — Washington Post

  • Thanks to its character interplay, the movie doesn't drag despite taking a good 40 minutes to really rev its engines. And the racing that ensues is as loud, fast, hyper-edited, and pulverizingly destructive as the gladiatorially minded would hope.

    Tom Russo — Boston Globe

  • Well, you've got to say this for Death Race: It knows what it is and doesn't apologize for it. What it is, incidentally, is junk.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Car-crash porn for the modern audience.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • The movie gets its own Mad Max mojo working, but there's no real attempt at social commentary here -- these churls just want to have fun.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • It is an assault on all the senses, including common. Walking out, I had the impression I had just seen the video game and was still waiting for the movie.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • It's one of those vicious larks that just plain hit the spot. It hits the spot, throws 'er into reverse and hits the spot again, before machine-gunning it and ramming it head-on for the fun of it.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Death Race is a cinematic dreadnought: imposing on the surface, hollow at its core.

    David Hiltbrand — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • It has the tough guy lead, dozens of mad car crack-ups, tons of gratuitous violence, sweaty B-movie appeal, and even a couple of A-talent actors, but in the end Death Race runs around in circles.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Anderson's take is ultraviolent, ridiculously stupid and kind of a rush. If your brain has an 'off' switch, you're well-advised to use it. And the carnage is relentless.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • As hard as metal and just as dumb, Paul W.S. Anderson's Death Race couldn't be further from producer Roger Corman and director Paul Bartel's goofy, bloody 1975 original, Death Race 2000.

    Robert Koehler — Variety

  • Like first love -- or maybe just a crowbar to the Adam's apple -- Death Race works fast and hits hard. A prison flick and a car chase movie at the same time? I am so there.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

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

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • This is still summer trash and no brain cells were injured or even fatigued in the making of it.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • Yes, Death Race is as brutal as a punch in the face. If you have a hankering for B-movie grime and gore, it can also be a lot of fun.

    Stephen Cole — Globe and Mail

  • Death Race is cartoonishly brutal and pleasantly disreputable.

    Stephanie Zacharek — Salon.com

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

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

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