Never Back Down
Never Back Down (2008)

Jake Tyler is a tough kid who leads with his fists, and often, with his heart. He is the new kid in town with a troubled past. He has recently moved to Orlando, Fla., with his family who has relocated to support his younger brother's… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 4, 2008
DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
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Critic Score: 22% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though not without its pleasures, Never Back Down faithfully adheres to every imaginable fight movie cliché.

Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly

Movie is dopey. And with its emphasis on stupid violence, xylophone abs, and getting yourself on YouTube, it's yet another product that makes you feel bad about today's youth culture.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Towering above all is Hounsou, whose performance grants Never Back Down a measure of dignity.

S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Bloody fight film has heart, but it's no champion.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I laughed so much at the litany of clichés that I finally had to admit I was entertained from start to finish by this cheesy knock-off.

Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

The fights are parceled out at intervals during the last half, all leading to a climactic battle. But it's hard to build suspense when you know it is coming and you know who will win.

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Peter Bradshaw

A naive and truly obnoxious movie about the world of Mixed Martial Arts.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

It's a little Karate Kid, a smidge of Fight Club...a lot of The O.C. (evil boy Gigandet played an evil boy on that series), and presto: probable hit.

James Berardinelli

This movie isn't bad just because it follows a formula slavishly but because it does so without verve or passion.

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Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle

While the character of Jake isn't an emotionally taxing one, Faris has his moments, especially in a low-key scene in which he attempts to explain why his character is full of rage.

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
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Bethany Murphy
Really good film with a two gorgeous and very toned men! Cam Gigandet is beautiful. A must see!
Al S
It delivers a serious beatdown. It`s The Karate Kid for a new generation of martial arts fans. A wickedly cool and tremendosuly entertaining action-packed movie… More
Dean King
Yes this does kinda add up to The Karate Kid for the Youtube generation, with an MTV makeover. This time using MMA basically like UFC, cage fighting using any… More
Manu Gino
Win or Lose... Everyone Has Their Fight Saw it again! Very Nice! Great fights with very good moves you don't see often in movies and you could learn some… More
Sanjaya 丘耀文
I know that movie like this one won't have an original or great story, but they can put a little twist to make the movie more interesting and I think it… More