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Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)



Critic Consensus: Brawl in Cell Block 99 rides a committed Vince Vaughn performance into the brutally violent -- and undeniably entertaining -- depths of prison-set grindhouse genre fare.

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A former boxer named Bradley loses his job as an auto mechanic, and his troubled marriage is about to expire. At this crossroads in his life, he feels that he has no better option than to work for an old buddy as a drug courier. This improves his situation until the terrible day that he finds himself in a gunfight between a group of police officers and his own ruthless allies. When the smoke clears, Bradley is badly hurt and thrown in prison, where his enemies force him to commit acts of violence that turn the place into a savage battleground. From the director of Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99 stars Vince Vaughn (Hacksaw Ridge), Jennifer Carpenter ("Dexter"), Udo Kier (Blade) and Don Johnson ("Miami Vice").

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Vince Vaughn
as Bradley Thomas
Don Johnson
as Warden Tuggs
Jennifer Carpenter
as Lauren Thomas
Rob Morgan
as Jeremy
Fred Melamed
as Mr. Irving
Dan Amboyer
as Longman
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Critic Reviews for Brawl in Cell Block 99

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (19)

I can't remember violence in a film eliciting such verbal reactions.

October 19, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Vaughn's performance is hard, dark, and mercilessly committed, and the film gives you nowhere to hide from it - no twangs of irony or conspiratorial winks to take the edge off what ensues.

October 19, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In terms of its storyline alone, this is a bit of a potboiler, a typical prison drama, but the dialogue is razor sharp and the performances, especially that of Vince Vaughn, are far more nuanced and poignant than you'd expect.

October 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Vince Vaughn is so intimidating in "Brawl in Cell Block 99," even the back of his head seems to be glaring at us and asking, "Do we have a problem here?"

October 13, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Writer-director S. Craig Zahler takes his handiwork so seriously that viewers may do the same.

October 12, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

...the kind of vicious, no-nonsense prison drama that dads dream about when the TV is finally theirs to command.

October 7, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Brawl in Cell Block 99


A no-nonsense prison film about a square guy dealt a bad hand, and then how he plays it. Vince Vaughn breathes through this like an old school steam engine freight train, powering this testosterone nightmare into dream status. By the end, you might consider wanting to go to prison yourself. Grindhouse confectionary contentness.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


They don't make 'em like this anymore! Brawl in Cell Block 99 is not just the best of Vince Vaughn's career, it's also one of the best movies of the year. Not for the faint of heart, but something that will stay with me for a long time to come.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer


The film is at it's best when it indulges in it's little digressions and oddities (Vaughn tearing a car apart with his bare hands, Fred Melamed's cameo as a snooty prison guard, Don Johnson's monologues, etc.) Some of the brutality is a bit much, but it's thankfully brief.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

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