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Strength and Honor
A man who has turned his back on violence must reclaim his skills as a fighter for the sake of his family in this sentimental drama. Sean Kelleher (Michael Madsen) is an amateur boxer who goes too far while sparring with his brother and accidentally kills him; horrified by his actions, Sean pledges to never enter the ring again and pursues a career as a car salesman. After a rare cardiac ailment takes the life of his wife, Sean learns that his young son, Mikey (Luke Whelton), has contracted the same disease, and that his only hope for survival lies in experimental surgery that can only be… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 6%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director-screenwriter Mark Mahon is unable to inject any freshness whatsoever into this highly formulaic genre piece, though he has elicited several good performances."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"There is not a real character to be found, nor a single convincing punch thrown. But I do like the name 'Smasher'."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Not even a contender for the DVD bins, to which it'll be banished before the eight count."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"The dialogue and production values are both cheap."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"The script delivers a series of low blows to the intelligence from which auds will never recover."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Mr. Madsen fails to elevate this earnest morality tale, written, produced and directed by Mark Mahon, above excessive banality."
‑ Laura Kern, New York Times
"For the most part the film moves along at a nice clip and provides an interesting glimpse inside the endlessly fascinating world of the Travellers."
‑ Cathy Suhocki, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In addition to having a lame script, Strength and Honor is saddled with characters that are not to be believed."
‑ Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Under Mark Mahon's by-the-numbers direction, Strength and Honour is a standard soaper that might be helpful to watch when you're suffering from insomnia some night."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Relentlessly dismal and dismally predictable."
‑ Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
"With a lowered chin, squinted eyes and gravelly voice, Madsen emotes in convulsions, his awkwardly expressed scenes of grief and interactions with his adolescent co-star lingering onscreen uncomfortably too long, as if more time would exhume feeling."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Boxoffice Magazine
"Madsen's iffy Irish accent is no more believable than the fights, which look even more staged than the polar bear brawls in The Golden Compass."
‑ Matt Pais,
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