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A high-school senior with a fiery temper and reputation for trouble, Diana lives with her brother and single dad, Sandro, in a housing project in Red Hook. Each week Sandro pays a local trainer to put some meat and muscle on his son, but when Diana decides she, too, wants to be a boxer, he refuses. With dogged determination, Diana begins a grueling training regimen and, under the loving tutelage of her trainer, becomes the gym's first female champion. The discipline, cunning, and humility required to be a contender are the cold shower Diana needs to focus her ambitions. But when she falls… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It gives its fine actors room to breathe and behave -- and in Michelle Rodriguez's case, glow."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Kusama's direction is imaginative, her attention to detail makes for credibility and clarity with regard to the dilemmas faced by her determined young heroine, and Rodriguez is quite astonishing in the lead role."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Thought-provoking boxing drama has lots of profanity."
‑ Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
"It's a refreshingly straightforward and honest attempt, flying in the face of the rest of the product out there, which is either manipulating and dumb or tricky and arty."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The strength of this Romeo and gym-rat story is Rodriguez's performance. She is a vivid powder keg of repressed and resurrected dreams and desires."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"For once, the advance buzz has been amply justified, thanks to an extraordinarily charismatic film debut by a non-professional named Michelle Rodriguez."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"It's obvious Kusama knew what she wanted and was in control, because all the key roles and scenes are played with a uniform tone and conviction."
‑ Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle
"A bit of a lightweight."
‑ James Mottram, Film4
"It's sensitive, it avoids sentimentalism, and it wins our cheers by giving us believable characters that we care about."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Like a smart boxer, Girlfight knows when to be light on its feet and when to hit hard."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"For all the violence on view, Kusama's script insists on a real, wholly unsentimental tenderness."
‑ Matt Wolf, Associated Press
"While it wonderfully confounds our narrative expectations as a coming-of-age story and a romantic drama, it works on another level as a great sporting experience."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"While parts were new and interesting, I can't make it a recommended view."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"A moving performance by newcomer Michelle Rodriguez showcases this moody Sundance showstopper about a Brooklyn teen who battles an age-old gender barrier."
‑ Jeanne Aufmuth, Palo Alto Weekly
"A low-key, naturalistic coming-of-age drama."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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