Orthodox Stance
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For the last 60 years, the term "Jewish boxer" has been an oxymoron. But Dmitriy Salita, a 24 year-old Russian immigrant is making history as a top professional boxer and a rigorously observant Jew. While providing an intimate, 3-year long look at the trials and tribulations faced by an up and coming professional boxer, ORTHODOX STANCE is a portrait of seemingly incompatible cultures and characters working together to support Dmitriy's rare and remarkable devotion to both Orthodox Judaism and the pursuit of a professional boxing title.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Salita is such a careful, reined-in fellow that one comes away wanting to have seen much more of the men around him."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Salita doesn't see many other conflicts in his twin passions -- which, ultimately, makes for a less-than-gripping story. He's a likable guy and we're happy to watch his successes, but the movie lacks the emotional punch needed to knock us out."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Personable, singular young welterweight makes the audience, and a colorful array of mentors and supporters, believe boxing is the sweet science %u2013 you just gotta have faith."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"Hutt's instincts are solid, if occasionally unfocused; he'll be ready to turn pro any day now."
‑ Michelle Orange, Reeler
"The film misses several opportunities to be more than a fawning portrait."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"While it might have made for an intriguing segment on a television newsmagazine show, doesn't sustain itself over the course of a feature-length film."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"In the intriguingly layered documentary Orthodox Stance, a determined young boxer strives to prove that the laws of God and the laws of the ring need not be at odds."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The fastest and best boxing action around plus a candid look inside the fight business make this a great film for aficionados of the sport. But there is not a lot there for most others."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"You couldn't be faulted if you thought "Jewish Boxer" might be an oxymoron, but Hutt's devoted documentary introduces us to one powerhouse of an example."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"While Salita is a charismatic subject, Jason Hutt's documentary feels unfinished; still in his early 20s, Salita's life and career are works in progress."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Hutt's straightforward presentation tends to flatten out pic's anomalies instead of highlighting them."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Well-meaning but fairly dull."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Hutt's shoddy editing and listless pacing keep the audience regrettably detached from the proceedings."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Too many sequences are so poorly recorded that subtitling is required to decipher what is being said."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Magnificent documentary on Orthodox Jewish fighter who balances his faith with a brutal profession and maintains his humanity in the process."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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