Parents' Guide to

12 Rounds

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

So-so action movie has lots of fighting, other iffy stuff.

Movie PG-13 2009 108 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 2+

John Cena Who?

The movie was ultimately awesome!! But one thing to do note. Why is the actor missing!!!!!!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
age 14+
I'm not sure I'll be watching this movie, although I do love John Cena. The CS review just doesn't make it out to be that interesting...

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (6):

Directed by Renny Harlin, 12 Rounds doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel; its plot is a recycling of Die Hard with a Vengance. In essence, a maniacal criminal gives a cop a series of orders that feel like part of a crazy game but actually have a more specific intent than just sowing chaos and despair.

Cena's dedicated tough-guy cop is adequate -- as an actor, Cena's a heck of a wrestler -- and Gillen (best known as Baltimore Mayor Tommy Carcetti on The Wire) brings a fevered energy to his role as the master manipulator bad guy, an arms dealer who has more in common with comic-book geniuses like The Joker than real arms traders. While 12 Rounds is well-made and energetic, it isn't unique enough to go the distance.

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