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A small-town boy hustling his way through the big city forms an uneasy alliance with a scam artist who inducts him into the violent world of bare-knuckle brawling in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints writer/director Dito Montiel's unforgiving urban action film. Arriving in New York City with little more than the shirt on his back, Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum) makes ends meet by selling counterfeit goods on the street. But times are tough and money is short, and just as things are starting to look grim, Shawn crosses paths with crafty con artist Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard). Harvey… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

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"The tell-it-as-it-is title hardly indicates anything out of the ordinary, but this bare-knuckle boxing flick is put together with more love than you'd expect."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"There's an effective, unstylized authenticity to those fights. A life or death mania, which enhanced the film's credibility."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"Yes, both Channing Tatum and Zulay Henao... have careers for their looks alone, and they'd have better careers delivering pizza than delivering dialogue."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"the protagonist happens to be played by an actor who looks more like a fashion model than tough street fighter"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"Despite the formulaic script and cringe worthy moments, the performances from the leads and creation of the subculture are well executed by director Montiel."
‑ Hernán Alcerreca, FILMINK (Australia)
"The fights may not be very convincing, but the story's underdog structure is satisfying in a happy-cliché sort of way. Fighting is Rocky without the bombast, Fight Club without the daft metaphysical pretensions."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Fighting arrives fully charged by the charisma of its star, Channing Tatum."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Call a movie Fighting, you expect action. Only include shots of Channing Tatum shirtless in the trailer, you expect to see half-naked Tatum. Fighting doesn't deliver either."
‑ Perri Nemiroff,
"Fighting consistently feels like a patchwork of better movies without their excitement or rooting interest in character."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"The only thing you'll be 'fighting' is your lagging attention span."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"This is a story we've seen dozens of times before."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"There's a better movie inside it struggling to get out."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra) is crazy beautiful, and perfectly cast as a slow, troubled young man."
‑ Cris Kennedy, Screenwize
"There's something interesting in this film and that's the reality it brings to its subject matter. Scenes seem real. And that's a lot to do with the performances. They're all terrific. But there's the reality of New York too, there's grit here."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Montiel and his collaborators can pat themselves on the back for elevating empty material just a bit, but this is disposable cinema, designed to hit and run after an opening weekend. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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