Southpaw (2015)

From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and screenwriters Kurt Sutter ("Sons of Anarchy) and Richard Wenk (THE MECHANIC), SOUTHPAW tells the riveting story of Billy "The Great" Hope, reigning Junior Middleweight… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 24, 2015
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Jake Gyllenhaal delivers an impressively committed performance, but Southpaw beats it down with a dispiriting drama that pummels viewers with genre clichés.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

The modicum of pleasure delivered by "Southpaw" arrives thanks to its cast, who struggle bravely and energetically with the hopelessly bland text and the invisible, impersonal direction.

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Andrew O'Hehir

"Southpaw" is a tremendous accomplishment of mainstream cinematic craft, a near-perfect match of director, material and star.

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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

It punches past box cliches.

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James Berardinelli

Southpaw isn't content with presenting a gallery of clichéd characters. It takes the time to put flesh on the bones.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

Just as director Antoine Fuqua starts to close in on something interesting and unexpected, he retreats to the safety of his corner and gives us what we've seen too many times before: a predictable flurry of melodramatic jabs.

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Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Offers a hard punch, but no knockout

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

I veered between being awed and appalled, though mostly the latter.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

Even when we're aware our emotions are being manipulated, we're rooting hard for Billy Hope to beat the odds and climb the mountain, because have you seen how movie-adorable his daughter is? Don't they deserve some happiness?

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Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

It's first-rate filmmaking in service of subtlety-free, second-rate storytelling. You never for a moment doubt where Southpaw is heading, but, ultimately, it's Gyllenhaal that makes you care.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Jeffrey Meyers
Intensely emotional, visceral, compelling, and unnerving, Southpaw is a Rocky for a new generation. It's a boxing movie, a character study, and a drama.… More
Ian Irza
From great director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and writer Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) comes a great drama and underdog story of a boxer with realistic… More
DA Zapata
I wanted to love this film. I really did. But when all it boiled down to it, it felt too much like a run-of-the-mill boxing tale with heart-tugging scenes at… More
Philip Price
We are what we choose to be or so goes the saying someone said once upon a time and has been repeated countless different ways a billion times since. In the… More