Battle Royale (2000)
Critic Consensus: Battle Royale is a controversial and violent parable of adolescence, heightening teenage melodrama with life-or-death stakes.
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as Noriko Nakagawa
as Smiling Winner
as Shuya Nanahara
as Shougo Kawada
as Mitsuko Souma
as Shiori Kitano
as Hiroki Sugimura
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Critic Reviews for Battle Royale
Stylistically it's a beauty, with khaki-uniformed waifs fighting for their lives to a crashing classical score.
Awful deaths (and hysterical reactions to them) punctuate declarations of love and friendship, revelations of treachery and heavily armed expressions of angst.
Forgive the film its small flaws of histrionic performances and cheap execution for the giddy rush of its banal, Verhoevenesque atmosphere...
It may suit a certain worldview, but Battle Royale's cynicism is still a form fantasy-a balm as well as a bomb.
3D conversion of a classic teen massacre thriller raises the gore level.
Audience Reviews for Battle Royale
If you've seen The Hunger Games, forget all of it and get yerself strapped in for oneupsmanship on a grand scale. This has got better writing, better acting, better everything on steroids. Just one action film with balls.
Way better than The Hunger Games.
Battle Royale has impressed many and is loved by a lot. I must have missed something. I liked the concept of the film and enjoyed some it. But I guess what really put me off was some of the dialogue and some of the acting. It was just too cheesy for me. I couldn't get passed it. Plus a lot of the gory parts looked really fake. I know they are but you want it to at least look realistic. It just wasn't a movie for me.
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