Against the Ropes
Against the Ropes (2004)

Charles S. Dutton's feature-length directorial debut Against the Ropes is based on the real-life story of Jackie Kallen, a Jewish woman from Detroit who became a successful boxing manager. Played by Meg Ryan, Kallen works her way up in… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 20, 2004
DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
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Critic Score: 12% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A bland, dumbed-down package of sports cliches.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

A miscast Ryan struggles with a Detroit accent and a script that goes nowhere.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

So anemic you should probably order iron supplements with your popcorn, its plot so predictable it makes falling dominoes seem like a white-knuckle thrill ride.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Uninspired tale feels like a made-for-TV movie.

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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice

What could have been a Working Girl hoot gets mired in redundant assertions of Kallen's feistiness.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

A boilerplate melodrama whose good guys and bad guys are so baldly drawn they could have been conceived by Friz Freleng.

Michael Dequina

An inoffensively average, formulaic entertainment with a marketing-problematic point of view.

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Stephanie Zacharek

Somewhere along the way, I found myself enjoying Against the Ropes, not in spite of my better judgment, but because something in the movie defies the whole notion of better judgment altogether.

Susan Walker
Toronto Star

Bathos wrapped in a formulaic screenplay bolstered with cliches, not only about the boxing world but about tough women and the men who hate them.

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Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics

It's hard to expect anyone to infuse much passion into a "by-the-numbers" boxing movie which telegraphs every punch.

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Flixster Audience Score: 28% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
quite a hated movie! although it isnt original its not a terrible movie and is quite a good movie, it kept me entertained and interested in the movie and i… More
Sunil Jawahir
Interesting. Not original but it was okay.
Arash Xak
Dean McKenna
Good bit comedy, but filled drama in fight film with my one of favourite beautiful actresses, Meg Ryan. Interesting inspired tale by the life of Jackie Kallen,… More

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