Fighting (2009)

Small-town boy Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Public Enemies) knows firsthand that every day in New York City is a struggle to survive. So when scam artist Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard, Iron Man, Hustle… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 24, 2009
DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
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Critic Score: 39% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though Fighting has a likable lead performer, and the fight scenes are impressive, the paper-thin plot ultimately unravels.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

The tell-it-as-it-is title hardly indicates anything out of the ordinary, but this bare-knuckle boxing flick is put together with more love than you'd expect.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

There's an effective, unstylized authenticity to those fights. A life or death mania, which enhanced the film's credibility.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Yes, both Channing Tatum and Zulay Henao... have careers for their looks alone, and they'd have better careers delivering pizza than delivering dialogue.

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David Denby
New Yorker

The fights may not be very convincing, but the story's underdog structure is satisfying in a happy-cliché sort of way. Fighting is Rocky without the bombast, Fight Club without the daft metaphysical pretensions.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Fighting arrives fully charged by the charisma of its star, Channing Tatum.

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Perri Nemiroff

Call a movie Fighting, you expect action. Only include shots of Channing Tatum shirtless in the trailer, you expect to see half-naked Tatum. Fighting doesn't deliver either.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

This is a story we've seen dozens of times before.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

There's a better movie inside it struggling to get out.

Cris Kennedy

Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra) is crazy beautiful, and perfectly cast as a slow, troubled young man.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Bethany Murphy
Two gorgeous men with their tops off. What more could you ask for? There is also a really nice story and a genuinely great film. A must see!
KJ Proulx
I actually enjoyed this film. I thought by comparing this to Never Back Down would be an insult, because I enjoyed them both. Fighting delivers many brutal… More
Jim Careter
This movie was okay, I kinda liked it. The acting was just okay, and Channing Tatum is one of the great new rising stars. The concept was good, but the way… More
Dean McKenna
This action film has action, romance and a buddy element in a tight, professional package. It is a quite familiar to Jean-Claude Van Damme's 1990 film,… More
Dean King
An ok fighting film about the underdog on the rise. It's a well made and put together film with some good actors. However I have to say it hasn't got… More
Al S
A hard-hitting and action-packed drama. It's compelling, excting, furious and powerful. A great flick with strong performances from its cast. Terrence… More