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Resurrecting the Champ
Director and co-screenwriter (along with Chris Gerolmo, Allison Burnett, and Michael Bortman) Rod Lurie tells the uplifting tale of a sports writer who almost lost it all before stumbling into the story of a lifetime in this uplifting sports-themed drama starring Josh Hartnett and Samuel L. Jackson. Erik (Hartnett) is a Denver-based sports writer whose prose is dull and whose marriage is failing. Not only is Erik having a difficult time dealing with his stubborn editor Metz (Alan Alda) - who refuses to take the suffering scribe off of the boxing beat - but the pain of being separated from his… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Resurrecting the Champ is authentic in its newsroom scenes, and appropriately concerned at how entertainment value trumps diligent reporting."
‑ Tom Charity,
"The movie itself -- which deals (not very interestingly) with the issue of journalistic integrity and (very predictably) with father-son relationships -- doesn't pack much of a wallop."
‑ Joanne Kaufman, Wall Street Journal
"Nothing can wrench this movie from the grip of a saccharine, formulaic script full of plattitudes and divided allegiances."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"Resurrecting the Champ is a specialty of director Rod Lurie, a civics lecture disguised as a film."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Slow in the father-son heart to heart parts, Champ brings it all back home in the end with a great story line and saving performances by Jackson, Alda and Hatcher"
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Despite one great performance and an intriguing setup, the work is crippled by another performance that's nowhere near great, and a storyline that makes it impossible to root for the leading man."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"While Resurrecting the Champ seems to be just what you expect, it's only when you've let your guard slip that you realize it's hiding something altogether more forceful in its glove."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Even though the melodrama gets ratcheted up at the end, there were plenty of moments I found myself cheering for the Champ."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"Success, adulation, temptation, disgrace, redemption -- it's all there, expressed mostly through the predictably non-expressive Hartnett."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Like a championship fight, a movie is often reviewed in rounds. This being said, I think I'll go the safe route and call the film a draw."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Champ is a solid effort with a lot going for it, but it suggests that Lurie still isn't willing to relax and let viewers interpret his films."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"Resurrecting the Champ is a movie I was going to recommend. It was contrived and dopey, but it seemed like pleasant entertainment. Then came the terrible last ten minutes when it casts itself on the rancid junk heap of hokum."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"a contender that doesn't quite take a championship belt."
‑ Jules Brenner,
"A two-star execution of a four-star goal, and is therefore worthy of a viewing."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"The script and director Rod Lurie just can't get the parts to meld."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
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