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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
More reviews for Fighting on Rotten Tomatoes

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