On the Ropes
On the Ropes (1999)

The dreams and struggles of three aspiring boxers and the trainer who works with them (at the same Bed-Stuy gym where Mike Tyson used to work out) form the basis of On The Ropes, a documentary that debuted at the 1999 Sundance Film… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 18, 1999
DVD Release Date: April 25, 2000
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Sragow
New Yorker

The filmmakers convey Harry and his fighters' victories and defeats with a soul-rocking combination of intimacy and intricacy.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A marvelously compelling documentary, even if it seems rigged when it isn't.

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

The American dream has not been so effectively fought for onscreen in a long, long time.

Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Despite gritty settings and occasionally harsh language, it's a warm, uplifting film that deserves a wide audience.

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David Poland
Hot Button

One of the best docs of the last decade

Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

[The film's] attitude is kind of a don't ask-don't tell policy: we won't ask why we're supposed to be emotionally moved, and [the filmmakers] won't tell us.

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