Play It to the Bone
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After covering baseball in Bull Durham, basketball in White Men Can't Jump. and golf in Tin Cup, writer, director, and obvious sports fan Ron Shelton takes on the world of boxing in this comedy. Vince Boudreau (Woody Harrelson) and Cesar Sota (Antonio Banderas) are close friends and aspiring boxers struggling on the lowest rungs of the fight game. When a major boxing promoter needs to fill out the card for a heavyweight bout in Las Vegas, Vince and Cesar both get the call to head out to Sin City. But the excitement sours when they realize that there's a small problem: the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is still Ron Shelton in good -- not great, but good -- form here, and the rewards are plentiful."
‑ Tom Keogh,
"Doesn't have enough of a boxing story to occupy the running time."
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"Instead of a sharp satire of a subject ripe for parody--professional boxing--we get a tedious, unfunny road movie."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A raunchy, infrequently funny, contrived, gruesome and ultimately preposterous peek inside the world of professional boxing."
‑ Tom Sander, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"A dull, predictable and painfully unfunny comedy."
‑ Bill Pearis, Citysearch
"Lacks the pizazz of Shelton's best stuff."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"By the end, the fight means everything to them and virtually nothing to us."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The first truly excruciating moviegoing experience of the new century."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"Play it to the Bone is a punch-drunk lightweight."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"The completely predicable conclusion seems like it will never end."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Play It to the Bone isn't going to be a contender."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"...Shelton's second-best idea for a boxing movie."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
‑ Steve Simels, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film's slowly emerging weakness -- the thinness of the characters, particularly Harrelson's -- becomes apparent to the point of distraction."
‑ Nick Carter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
More reviews for Play It to the Bone on Rotten Tomatoes

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