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Against the Ropes
Charles S. Dutton's feature-length directorial debut Against the Ropes is based on the real-life story of Jackie Kallen, a Jewish woman from Detroit who became a successful boxing manager. Played by Meg Ryan, Kallen works her way up in the world of boxing by believing in the fighting skills of Luther Shaw (Omar Epps). Director Dutton appears as veteran trainer Felix Reynolds, whom Kallen encourages to come out of retirement.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A miscast Ryan struggles with a Detroit accent and a script that goes nowhere."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"So anemic you should probably order iron supplements with your popcorn, its plot so predictable it makes falling dominoes seem like a white-knuckle thrill ride."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Uninspired tale feels like a made-for-TV movie."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Against the Ropes may not deliver a knock-out, but it does land some pretty good blows."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"Meg Ryan is busily torpedoing any respect she might have accrued"
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"What could have been a Working Girl hoot gets mired in redundant assertions of Kallen's feistiness."
‑ Laura Sinagra, Village Voice
"A boilerplate melodrama whose good guys and bad guys are so baldly drawn they could have been conceived by Friz Freleng."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"An inoffensively average, formulaic entertainment with a marketing-problematic point of view."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"It's one thing to make a predictable Hollywood movie. It's another thing to make a predictable Hollywood movie based on a fascinating life."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"This movie lacks any complexity. Dutton opts instead to embellish the story with boxing clichés."
‑ Stella Papamichael,
"Somewhere along the way, I found myself enjoying Against the Ropes, not in spite of my better judgment, but because something in the movie defies the whole notion of better judgment altogether."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Bathos wrapped in a formulaic screenplay bolstered with cliches, not only about the boxing world but about tough women and the men who hate them."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"It's hard to expect anyone to infuse much passion into a "by-the-numbers" boxing movie which telegraphs every punch."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"What could have been a gripping tale becomes hammy and overdone."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Ryan's Kallen is painfully two-dimensional."
‑ Edith Alderette, San Francisco Examiner
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