Fighting Tommy Riley
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Fighting Tommy Riley
A young fighter and an elderly trainer try to trade their shaky futures in for a championship belt in this independent drama. Tommy Riley (J.P. Davis) is a boxer whose young career is already in decline; while he has talent, he also has personal demons to contend with, a sloppy style in the ring, and is still trying to get over a bad breakup with his girlfriend Stephanie (Christina Chambers). As Tommy tries to find a way back into the spotlight, he meets Marty Goldberg (Eddie Jones), an aging former fighter who struggles to make ends meet. Marty thinks he knows how to channel Tommy's gifts… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If it fails to land its big final punch, it's still a contender."
‑ Joe Brown, San Francisco Chronicle
"The sort of slick-looking indie that plays well at film festivals, this heavy-handed boxing drama is really just a flyweight bulked up on cliches and false sentimentality."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"You may come to Fighting Tommy Riley for the boxing, but you'll find much more to ponder than left jabs and right hooks"
‑ Don Willmott,
"In Fighting Tommy Riley, another boxing drama is asking audiences to gird themselves for more emotional gut punches."
‑ Ned Martel, New York Times
"This small, lovingly crafted film continually surprises with its depth and resonance."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Tommy Riley is a ten-cent Baby."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Anchored by Eddie Jones' passionate performance as the trainer dragged from mysterious retirement, the film also benefits from its convincing milieu."
‑ Jon Strickland, L.A. Weekly
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