Girlfight (2000)

A high-school senior with a fiery temper and reputation for trouble, Diana lives with her brother and single dad, Sandro, in a housing project in Red Hook. Each week Sandro pays a local trainer to put some meat and muscle on his son, but… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 29, 2000
DVD Release Date: March 27, 2001
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Michelle Rodriguez gives a compelling performance, despite lack of a boxing background; Karyn Kusama packs a punch with this directorial debut.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

It gives its fine actors room to breathe and behave -- and in Michelle Rodriguez's case, glow.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Kusama's direction is imaginative, her attention to detail makes for credibility and clarity with regard to the dilemmas faced by her determined young heroine, and Rodriguez is quite astonishing in the lead role.

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Thought-provoking boxing drama has lots of profanity.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

For once, the advance buzz has been amply justified, thanks to an extraordinarily charismatic film debut by a non-professional named Michelle Rodriguez.

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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle

It's obvious Kusama knew what she wanted and was in control, because all the key roles and scenes are played with a uniform tone and conviction.

James Mottram

A bit of a lightweight.

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Matt Wolf
Associated Press

For all the violence on view, Kusama's script insists on a real, wholly unsentimental tenderness.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

While it wonderfully confounds our narrative expectations as a coming-of-age story and a romantic drama, it works on another level as a great sporting experience.

Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

While parts were new and interesting, I can't make it a recommended view.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
The acting in this was decent, and the characters were somewhat believable. I don't think the idea of her being a boxer was taken far enough, however. The… More
Marcus Woolcott
The "Billy Elliot" of womens boxing movies. And heavily cliched.
John Ballantine
Developed in the midst of the rise in female boxing, Michelle Rodriguez puts together a nice personal project.
Anthony Valletta
Michelle Rodriguez gives a star-making performance in her very first film, where characters and believable situations lead to real human drama. Tight script… More
Lesley N
Michelle Rodriguez first film. Good to see a girl throw a punch every now and again.
Remi Logan
I think this was just an excuse for Michelle Rodriguez to show how bad-ass she is. Mission accomplished =p