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
DVD Release Date: October 27, 2015
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Critic Score: 61% 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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J. Olson

There's never a moment when Gyllenhaal the actor is on screen. Billy Hope might be his most vibrant work to date, even if the movie doesn't match up.

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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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Marija Loncarevic

This is not a film that will win awards or be talked about in twenty years as a classic, but it certainly is an emotional ride.

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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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Edmund Lee
South China Morning Post

Gyllenhaal continues his streak of idiosyncratic roles ... and lends the film the strong emotions it fails to conjure with its feeble script.

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Dann Michalski
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