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Battle Royale

Not Rated In Theaters 05/1/2001 , 114min.
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Critic score based on 7 reviews

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January 07, 2013
allisonrowley1
That is a great movie!

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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. Full Review
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. Full Review
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
Maybe Battle Royale's ultimate punchline is its inexplicable ability to fool some people into taking it seriously. Full Review
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. Full Review
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. Full Review

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