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
Actors try to add a touch of class to a picture that's utterly crass.
Stephen Farber - Hollywood Reporter
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Dean Essner - Digital Spy
Violent action remake races to a high body count.
James Rocchi - Common Sense Media
The most epically loaded triple-cheeseburger action film since "Con Air." Driving-team maven Spiro Razatos handles second-unit duty, and flings gas, sweat and oil at the screen with the hard-cornered glee of having real Hot Wheels with which to play.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
Kofi Outlaw - ScreenRant
This is both a bad film and a bad influence, and on many levels. Still, for all of its brainlessness, it somehow manages a train-wreck hold on attention.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Lean on substance, but bustling with excitement; Death Race is entertainment in its most primitive form.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
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Dragan Antulov - Index.hr
...sets itself apart from its campy predecessor right from the get go.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
While the premise creates plenty of entertaining opportunities for violence and destruction, how much better could this have been as a true "cannonball run" coast-to-coast..?
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
An orgasmic mix of on-road mayhem that plays at 1000 miles per hour! Marvel in some terrifically-choreographed stunt
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Director Paul W.S. Anderson really isn't known for Oscar contenders, but the guy understands over-the-top gratuitous violence better than most.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
A must-see for petrolheads and cineastes alike.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
Petrolheads and gorehounds, this backfiring blast of cinematic carbon monoxide is your film of the year.
Leigh Paatsch - Daily Telegraph (Australia)
While not being the most awful filmic experience available, it's certainly one of the dumbest.
Jarrod Walker - FILMINK (Australia)
There's some fine action, but the film never gets within spitting distance of breaking any taboos or taste barriers, which, for a schlock spectacle, is like racing within speed limits.
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
It's all pretty senseless and senseless is how I felt at the end of it all, after being party to a sadistic and deadly race that relies on the killing of its participants for its entertainment.
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Anderson finds a few interesting angles from which to cover things, but there's nothing really memorable or original to wow jaded action fans.
John Hazelton - Screen International
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The main problem with the new film is that it tries to make the whole thing credible, whereas the original never tried to make any sense.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Entertainment Insiders
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Dean Essner - National Post
Dean Essner - Irish Times
Neither as bad as you fear it could be nor as good as you might hope.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The remake illustrates only how low modern action movies can stoop. Necks are broken, guts eviscerated. Fans of impaling and decapitation will not be disappointed.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Crude, rude, testosterone-clotted, meat-headed fun, mind, but its loud and proud lack of pretension is a relief compared to the pseudo-profundity of many blockbusters.
Leigh Singer - Film4
Anderson's remake of the 1975 Paul Bartel cult film Death Race 2000 is surprisingly effective bonehead fare.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
Anderson serves up an unashamedly guilty pleasure that hits every note, particularly when the racing starts.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Death Race is a travesty of the original film but it delivers enough explosions, violence and vroom-vroom action to ensure that it remains entertaining if you leave your brain in neutral.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Basically, it's a videogame masquerading as a movie, but the action scenes are so loud and messily edited that they're tedious rather than tense. If it weren't so incoherent, it would be a classic.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
With face carbon-frozen in rage and mid-Atlantic scowl in place, the Brit export is fast proving himself the most reliably fun actor on the scene, standing a good chance of becoming this generation's Charles Bronson if he keeps making movies like this.
Rob Daniel - Sky Movies
But Jason Statham can talk the torque as former racing driver Jensen Ames.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
It's nothing more than an enjoyable, ridiculously macho B-movie romp, but it's Anderson's best movie since the underrated Event Horizon. Perhaps, at long last, he's starting to find his - yep - top gear.
Chris Hewitt (UK) - Empire Magazine
This sci-fi fantasy about crazy Mad Max races in a high security prison is 8,000 horsepower of pure auto-erotic carnage.
James Christopher - Times [UK]
Fast cars, machine guns, explosions, babes in hotpants - it's everything a 12-year-old boy could want in a movie.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Banish all memories of the original and you'll find this a slick throwback in the Doomsday mould. Tearing across the screen with all guns blazing, it's disposable, enjoyable trash.
Neil Smith - Total Film
It's brainless fun, but while Anderson's brilliant staging of the flesh-ripping stunts surpasses Bartel's cheap thrills, this update lacks the sardonic wit and satirical bite of the Corman-produced version.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
Director Paul WS Anderson has stripped out the satire and black comedy of Roger Corman's 1975 original and left us with just a straight homicidal Grand Prix.
Victor Olliver - Teletext
Like a monster car rally without a Truckosaurus in sight, this is more about the smashes and crashes than the vehicles themselves
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
While the tone is right, the action is cobbled together in such a way that the only thing viewers will experience is motion sickness.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
To a seasoned moviegoer who saw the original film, this version offers nothing new but updated armored cars.
Michael Black - ReviewExpress.com
[Anderson] misses out on the original film's theatricality of the racers and the dark humor of making targets out of pedestrians - a satire on the audience bloodlust to which Anderson cluelessly panders.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Check out the 1975 original instead, kids. It has cars running over old people and women!
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Film Threat
a balls-to-the-wall tank-ful of amiable idiocy, fast-paced enough to keep anyone's eye on the road.
Anton Bitel - Little White Lies
...enough turbo-charged adrenaline to satisfy...the No Fear t-shirt crowd.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Running an economical hour and 45 minutes, Death Race is all muscle, no fat. Anderson and his exceptional cast tell their tightly built story and get out of the way.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
The best of all Paul W.S. Anderson's films, although how much lower we can set the bar, I don't know.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
An adrenaline rush from start to finish
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Utilizing an inane, effects-driven script, it's filled with brutal, blood-splattered vehicular mayhem.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
The new Death Race is awash in a kind of gray-brown desperation-chrome look. Any sense of cheeky, tasteless fun has vanished.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Through B-movie audacity, Statham and Anderson heighten Death Race into a skull-crusher and a mind-bender. But you'll need a keen movie sense to recognize their underappreciated talents.
Armond White - New York Press
A painful imitation of Roger Corman's cross country racing flick sans the intelligence, disturbing violence, entertainment value, energy, and... well everything else that makes movies good...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Cars, babes and guns. Stop, that's enough to entertain. It should have been an overly violent, comical Mario Kart. This is not a remake, this is a title take.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Joan Allen turned 52 two days before this film opened; here's assuming this is one birthday present she'd like to return.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
A rabble-rousing, futuristic gas guzzler, directed with the pedal to the metal and a surprising minimum of visual incoherence.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Paul W.S. Anderson makes one kind of movie: the shitty kind.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
It's exactly what you expect...and that's part of its problem. There isn't one surprise in this movie, not one, which is a good reason why it feels so hammered out and routine.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
fun, no more predictable than absolutely necessary, and for racing fans, there's the jargon of exactly how one soups up a Mustang for mortal combat
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
If you like testosterone with your octane, this is your adrenalin fix. If it's not the kind of rush you're into, don't blame writer-director Anderson who gives you what his title promises.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
The story gets conviction off the performances of Statham and Allen and anyone looking for an end-of-summer crunchathon has definitely come to the right place.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
What plot exists here is so nonsensical, so hackneyed that it doesn't deserve or need explanation.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The movie Death Race most resembles is not Death Race 2000 or even another action movie but rather a beloved 1994 prison drama.
Pam Grady - FilmStew.com
[D]irector Paul W.S. Anderson gives us gray cars racing around gray buildings underneath a gray sky. When I found myself longing for the eye-scorching hues of Speed Racer, I knew we were in trouble.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
If you like primitive, degrading mayhem, this will fulfill your needs.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
A movie in which road rage is justified. Yours will be, too, if you spend $10 on this.
Evan Henerson - Los Angeles Daily News
This remake of Roger Corman's camp classic spackles enough blood and burnt rubber into the gaping plot holes it's easy to ignore them until the ride home.
Chris Farnsworth - E! Online
Once upon a time, car chases were a highlight of any serious action movie (come back, George Miller!); here they are its entire substance...
Kurt Loder - MTV
This summer movie season has been light on explosions, but Death Race takes care of that.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Director Paul W.S. Anderson is one of Hollywood's most consistent directors - he can always be counted on to make a terrible movie.
Brandon Fibbs - Colorado Springs Gazette
Death Race drips with cheese, and it's insanely proud of it.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
What fans of the original will immediately glean from the quasi-remake, now simply titled Death Race, is just how prophetic Bartel's film was and how desperately the new film needs its forebear's sense of irony.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
The combination of good actors and terrible dialogue might have allowed the film a chance at minor cult status, if it weren't for the frustratingly inept action sequences.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
The discombobulated violence that ensues is nihilistic, gratuitous and numb-skulled -- perfect for an action fossil that, despite its near-future setting, is all pre-CGI, pre-eco-friendly horsepower.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
A series of really wonderful kills that kept me highly entertained and a gay love story that could be the best since Brokeback Mountain.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Won't win any awards for brains or originality, but it's better acted than one might expect.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
It's oddly satisfying, even though it does everything wrong.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
Although the film zips along efficiently enough, Death Race is never as much fun as it seems to think it is.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
Blood, gore. Unlimited machine gun and cannon fire. Bombs exploding. Tires screeching, brakes squealing glass breaking, crash, after meaningless crash. What's not to like?
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
If you're a fan of Gone in 60 Seconds or The Fast and the Furious, you won't look at your watch while the movie is going on, and you won't feel conned out of your money when it's over.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Even though the original film was made more than 30 years ago on a short schedule and a miniscule budget, its scenes of car-based carnage are actually more exciting and cinematically inventive than the messes on display here.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
...it doesn't bore, and it doesn't embarrass the actors who appear in it. For a late summer action flick, that's high praise indeed.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Offers exactly what action film fans would expect: squealing tires, blazing guns and spectacular crashes. Serviceable storytelling and dialogue that won't make you cover your eyes and shake your head are pleasant surprises.
Stanley A. Miller II - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Despite all of the action, fists, gunfire, explosions and more, it ends up just driving in circles, constantly banging into the uninspired barriers of mediocrity before crashing in a heap of bad filmmaking.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
The unfortunately simple message of Death Race merely says we're living in a time and place where financial corruption can allow us to prostitute ourselves to charge $250 to watch one guy violently off another for our viewing pleasure.
Adam Fendelman - HollywoodChicago.com
In movies like The Bank Job, Jason Statham has shown the potential to be a British Steve McQueen, but he'll never get the chance if he keeps making gobblers like Death Race.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
It's the kind of easy target that most film critics enjoy savaging, but I choose to look a little more closely at movies like this. Empty-headed and powerfully familiar, yes, boring and poorly-made ... no way.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
It's the perfect end-of-summer film, and a sign that summer needs to end soon.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
While steel-plated cars bristling with firepower are guaranteed to get adolescent hearts stirring, the movie offers myriad pleasures for adults.
Jason Heck - Kansas City Star
The real charm, if you will, comes to the high-octane action in the racing segments. And it is here that the film is quite simply awesome.
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
Anderson dilutes Roger Corman's satire by locating Death Race among society's transgressors, depicting their dysfunctions with gory relish, and confining the race safely behind the walls of an isolated prison.
Lesley M. Smith - PopMatters
It's just sly enough to transform a predictable experience into something close to gripping.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
[T]he only thing deadly about it is how dull it is...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The remake takes everything that was imaginative about the original feature and reduces it to an ear-splitting energy drink commercial, topped off with some of the worst filmmaking decisions to be found at the multiplex this year.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Almost so bad it's good. Almost ...
Aaron Hillis - L.A. Weekly
Death Race should at least score points for its title, which is more apt than, say, Feelings Exploration. It's mostly a race, and there's a lot of death.
Mark Rahner - Seattle Times
While Anderson's speedy send-up would definitely have benefited from more intentional humor and less angst and schmaltz, the director can be given kudos for knowing what fans of extreme violence demand: There's hard-R mayhem-a-plenty here!
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
If you're considering seeing Death Race this weekend, send me ten bucks and I'll personally come to your house and punch you in the face instead. It will be more dramatically rewarding.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
Mmmmmm... it tastes like sleaze.
Rob Vaux - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Death Race may be a loud, lowbrow piece of pulp, but it's also crackling entertainment -- the very definition of a cheap thrill.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
...should give fans of the genre just what they're looking for.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The movie is almost a lot of fun, were it not for the fact that Anderson lacks a knack for clarity and lightness; he shakes the camera too much and cuts so fast that the race becomes a blur.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Bravely takes on that philosophical quandary every one of us must face: What to do when a ninja breaks into your home, frames you for the murder of your wife and taunts you with a finger-gun motion?
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Death Race roars, rages and races down the track, all velocity and visceral violence, unencumbered by logic, sense, reason or dignity.
James Rocchi - Cinematical
Mike Barnard - Future Movies UK
Yes, it's a big ball of stupid, and yes, it's pretty damn fun.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
We're in for a bumpy ride on Anderson's Bi-polar express where the line between homage and ripoff is never as blurry as his action sequences. His Ben-Hur chariot race would have needed nothing more than one set of horses, a couple human heads and a wheel.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
The movie makes no demands on its audience, except to cheer in all the right places.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
The flick is mindless fun. Any guy who wears Chuck Taylors, kills people in amazing ways and just spouts off amazing dialogue is totally cool in my book.
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
exists so critics will have something to put on their year-end "Worst Of" lists.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
Brit writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson obviously realizes that he isn't there to make Hamlet. He's got a job to do and he does it effectively and competently.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Made for that dude down near the front of the theater who screams out, "DAAAAAMN," every time a character meets his untimely demise. Either you're that guy or you are not.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Low-rent, boring, brazenly mindless garbage.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Paul W. S. Anderson's noisy, nonsensical remake fails to hold together even in its own paper-thin world.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
...too brutal and boorish to be a guilty pleasure. It's just guilty
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Like big steaming chunks of charred animal flesh, or a fleeting glimpse of a gal's ample cleavage, Death Race taps into something very primal (and very male) about the action movie experience.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
A serviceable, forgettable genre film marked by leaden performances, even more leaden dialogue, a few sterlingly gruesome images, and a supremely campy performance from Joan Allen.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Even though DEATH RACE is pretty bloody, and had some cool moments, the overall experience is mind numbing and a little depressing. It's sad to think that this is Anderson's best effort since 2002, and that it's still as bad as ever.
Brad Miska - Bloody Disgusting
A testament to the incompetence of Paul W.S. Anderson, who has never made a good movie and apparently isn't about to start now.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Social commentary on greed and war along with sexed up female con backseat drivers, is thin pretext for the incessant, at times visually surreal heavy metal havoc orgy of war machine, napalm shooting designer macho-mobile boy toy vehicular homicide.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Loud, vulgar and stupid, but what's most amazing is that despite all the bedlam, it will probably either bore you to tears or send you into gales of unintended laughter.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Into the prison yard strolls the one and only Joan Allen. Yes, Oscar-nominated Joan Allen. Into this mess. To say Joan is slumming is an insult to a slum. Picture Bette Davis in Norbit or Judi Dench in Daddy Day Camp.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
A guy movie for guys whose only turn-on is death.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Anderson - not to be confused with Paul Thomas Anderson, the fearlessly ambitious director of 'Magnolia' and 'There Will Be Blood' - has created a movie worthy of its own video game.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
Satire and spectacle are balanced perfectly in this cynical and sexy thrill ride.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
One of the most boring drags of all time.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Unabashedly violent, this well-crafted remake is a giddily over the top B-movie, proficient at stringing together a series of vehicular demolition derbies.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
DEATH RACE is going to please non-demanding moviegoers that love their flicks violent and action-packed. But this is like eating a generic brand of cereal, tastes okay until you have the real thing again.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
Paul W.S. Anderson may have a lot of flaws as a filmmaker, but the man knows cheap thrills, and he delivers them here.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com