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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A three-alarm, three-hanky movie of the highest order, perfect for your kids who don't get to see many truly sad films."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"The most offputting thing about such canny, tear-stained movies as The Champ is not their na´vetÚ but their unholy sophistication. These movies don't mean to deal with the world as it really is, but as it should be."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Pale remake of Wally Berry classic."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Seek out the 1931 King Vidor version."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The tear-jerking is so determined and persistent that your ducts feel as if they'd been worked over with a catheter."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Zeffirelli's inferior remake to King Vidor's 1932 classic, starring Jon Voight in the Oscar-winning role that Wallace Beery had originated, is a manipulative tear-jerking melodrama."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Voight is fine as boxer on a comeback, but Ricky Schroeder steals the film. I dare you not to cry!"
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Even more of a tear-jerker than the 1931 version of the same story, there is not a dry eye on the screen."
‑ , Film4
"A pointless update of King Vidor's '30s weepie."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The original film took 85 minutes, this one 121; the extra length has not improved the story."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"I admit it. I cried."
‑ Victoria Alexander, FilmsInReview.com
"Great performance from Jon Voight and Rick Schroeder"
‑ Kevin Fiddler, Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
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