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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    D-grade "Running Man" ripoff.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    This is the worst kind of movie, one that insults its audience by purporting to condemn violence while simultaneously reveling in it.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    A real stinker. It doesn't have the courage of its own bad taste, or that of its villain.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    There are stretches when it becomes tedious and insufferably self important. There's even a late scene in which the movie turns preachy.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    "Battle Royale," if you've never seen it, is a fantastically sadistic and unapologetically brutal Japanese film from 2000 about miscreants dropped on a jungle island with orders to kill each other for a reality TV show. The Condemned is pretty much the same thing with half the satirical wit and twice the number of wrestlers.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Convicts fight to the death in reality-TV debacle.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that teens who are into pro wrestling may be drawn to this brutal action movie by star "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. The film -- which centers on the idea of a fight-to-the-death reality TV show -- is packed with aggressive, bloody, loud "realistic" violence: Characters punch, kick, throttle, body slam, bite, and head-butt each other in fights (not to mention cut throats and grab crotches), and weapons include guns, knives, chains, clubs, and ropes. People are thrown roughly from helicopters (one is gruesomely impaled on a stake, while others plunge into water or hit land, hard) and fall from cliffs and against rocky mountainsides. Two men rape a female contestant (the scene is indistinct on screen but causes visible upset). Language includes many uses of "f--k" and plenty of other swear words. Lots of cigarette smoking and a bit of drinking.

  • Families can talk about violence on television and, increasingly, in Web videos. What are the effects of watching such violence? What's the best way to deal with this ongoing problem? Should access to programming be limited or regulated? If so, who should be in charge of regulating it -- studios? Parents? The government? Should there be fines or other costs for breaking regulation rules? How does this movie make a case against media violence even as it delivers exactly that? Families can also discuss reality TV. Do you think any reality show would ever go this far? Why or why not?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Everyone is party to the mayhem, from prison authorities and convicts/contestants to TV producers/techs and the FBI, whether acting, reacting, or watching.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Nonstop: The hand-to-hand fights feature punches, kicks, crotch grabs, cut throats, throttles, arm locks, body slams, bites, head-butts, bloody faces, and broken bones; weapons include knives, chains, clubs and branches, ropes, and guns. People are thrown roughly from helicopters (one is gruesomely impaled on a stake, and others plunge into water or hit land, hard); two men rape a female contestant (indicated by reactions of viewers, and indistinct, small images on monitors). Almost every conflict has an audience: Prison guards set up a fight among inmates, TV producers watch the mayhem with alternating delight and horror, people in a bar watch with excitement until their friend looks dead (then they feel really bad), etc.. There are also jokey references to blowing up a "clinic for the handicapped and mentally retarded."

  • sex false3

    Sex: Female contestants wear cleavage-baring tops; a brief kiss between husband and wife turns into some groping -- which is interrupted by killers; brief scene in which man and woman embrace before she kills him; reference to "titties."

  • language false5

    Language: Frequent use of "f--k," plus "bulls--t," "s--t," "whore," "hell," "goddamn," "son of a bitch," "a--hole," and "c--ksucker." Derogatory uses of "gringo" and "Yankee" to mean "American," as well as "boy" and "rasta" in reference to a black man.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Frequent cigarette smoking by cons and TV producers; Breck drinks liquor; references to drug cartels.