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  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Bloodhounds will lick their lips experiencing the re-launch of Kinji Fukasaku's trendsetting Battle Royale (2000) with 3D effects, which basically make the splatter scenes gorier and stickier. show more

  • 75
    New York Post

    This one's a thoroughly campy exercise in teen melodrama and Grand Guignol gore (how gory? it's one of Quentin Tarantino's favorite movies), the other (The Hunger Games) a straight-faced action picture. show more

  • 38
    Chuck Bowen Slant Magazine

    Maybe Battle Royale's ultimate punchline is its inexplicable ability to fool some people into taking it seriously. show more

  • 80
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    Kinji Fukasaku's slick, sick nightmare is best left to the quasi-banned realm where it exists as a perfect satire; when brought into reality, it's a touch awkward. show more

  • 90
    Village Voice

    [Fukasaku's] genius is finding the overlap between teenage dreams and nightmares, between the intensity of first love and the terror of extinction. show more

  • 90
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    American fans of "The Hunger Games" may not embrace - or even be permitted to see - Battle Royale, which is too bad. It is in many ways a better movie and in any case a fascinating companion, drawn from a parallel cultural universe. It is a lot uglier and also, perversely, a lot more fun. show more

  • 90
    Robert Koehler Variety

    Departing from two decades' worth of domestic and personal dramas and returning to his roots as Japan's maestro of mayhem, Kinji Fukasaku has delivered a brutal punch to the collective solar plexus with one of his most outrageous and timely films. show more

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