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: October 27, 2015
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Critic Score: 59% 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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Eric Melin

Southpaw has that inevitability factor .... it's tough to support a two-hour film when its course seems predetermined and it hits every familiar beat along the way.

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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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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

If you don't know how Southpaw is going to end, then this is the first movie you've ever seen and you should have started with a better one.

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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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Jim Schembri

Though much has been made of the physical transformation Jake Gyllenhaal put himself through to look like a real boxer, Southpaw is a fairly standard, by-the-numbers boxing melodrama that hits all those beats we're accustomed to through the Rocky films.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Any cliche you can think of, this film has. However, that is not always a bad thing, especially when your cliches are as effectively written as these are.… More
Gimly Monocle
What doesn't work for me is exactly how clear cut the transitions are from quarter to quarter in Southpaw. At almost every half hour mark on the dot, the… More
Carlos Magalhães
Gyllenhaal continues to show that he is one of the most interesting and talented actors of his generation, elevating this conventional boxing story that,… More
Bradley Wright
Southpaw certainly isn't perfect, but its a damn good film nonetheless. Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the best actors ib the business, and his performance… More
Kevin M. Williams
A confident and cocky champion loses everything and must learn humility to regain his standing and his family. No surprises. McAdams and Whittaker pretty hold… More
Jeff Boam
Without the pummeling lead performance knocking audiences breathless, the sometimes formulaic Southpaw might just go down as a low blow in the shadow of some… More