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Brawl in Cell Block 99 (18)

Action, Crime, Thriller

A former boxer-turned-drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly.

The critical consensus

Brawl In Cell Block 99 takes its time with its set-up, but that only makes the action that follows all the more effective. And Vaughn as an action hero works surprisingly well.

****(*)Jonathan Pile, Empire Online, 17/10/2017

Wham, bam, thank you, Sam. Zahler does Peckinpah proud.

****(*)Ed Gibbs, Little White Lies, 18/10/2017

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.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 18/10/2017

A hulking, two-fisted Vaughn is surprisingly effective in the kind of film that might once have starred Charles Bronson, but it is not for the fainthearted.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 20/10/2017

Those of a remotely sensitive disposition should obviously steer well clear; others will lap up the bonanza of oh-so convincingly executed bloodshed, in a film that finds the spirit of grindhouse alive and thriving.

***(*)(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 20/10/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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