Never Back Down
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An outsider teen acclimating to a new school finds a home in a reclusive teenaged fight club in this drama from Cry_Wolf director Jeff Wadlow. Jake Tyler (Sean Faris) has just moved with his family to Orlando, FL. While Jake isn't exactly comfortable being the new kid in town, his younger brother, Charlie (Wyatt Smith), is an aspiring professional tennis star who might just have what it takes to break big. But Charlie isn't the only talented athlete in the family, because Jake used to be something of a hotshot on the gridiron -- at least back home. Here in Orlando, Jake is considered… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Movie is dopey. And with its emphasis on stupid violence, xylophone abs, and getting yourself on YouTube, it's yet another product that makes you feel bad about today's youth culture."
‑ Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"The eternal battle between the hot-but-arrogant blond and the hot-and-likable brunet continues on new turf in the almost gleefully bad Never Back Down."
‑ Hank Sartin, Time Out New York
"Bloody fight film has heart, but it's no champion."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Here's what I hoped for: someone to root for, someone to root against, an inspiring coach, some eye candy and, of course, training montages. I got what I wanted."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"People that actually think the trailer looks cool will probably like the movie enough and it does have some cool fights, I just couldn't get past the fact that the movie gave you no one to root for."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"I laughed so much at the litany of clichés that I finally had to admit I was entertained from start to finish by this cheesy knock-off."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Towering above all is Hounsou, whose performance grants Never Back Down a measure of dignity."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"A naive and truly obnoxious movie about the world of Mixed Martial Arts."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"A sort of teenage Fight Club, complete with daddy issues, Never Back Down is a slight refinement of the sort of picture that was ascendant in the '80s... [Blu-Ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"While both [this movie and "Karate Kid"] are unintentionally hilarious, the difference is no one will remember "Never Back Down" in two weeks, let alone 20 years."
‑ Stephen Silver, The Trend
"It's a little Karate Kid, a smidge of Fight Club...a lot of The O.C. (evil boy Gigandet played an evil boy on that series), and presto: probable hit."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The fights are parceled out at intervals during the last half, all leading to a climactic battle. But it's hard to build suspense when you know it is coming and you know who will win."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"While the character of Jake isn't an emotionally taxing one, Faris has his moments, especially in a low-key scene in which he attempts to explain why his character is full of rage."
‑ Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle
"A generic, violent underdog story that pays a lot of lip service to non-violence when its characters aren't busy kicking and punching the tar out of each other."
‑ Tim Grierson, Screen International
"The acting is hammy, Djimon Hounsou shows up to give the flick a corny air of Karate Kid and there's nothing particularly original about the whole premise but somehow it works. It must be those abs. Or the kicks to them."
‑ Mike Sage, Peterborough This Week
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