Orthodox Stance
Orthodox Stance (2008)

For the last 60 years, the term "Jewish boxer" has been an oxymoron. But Dmitriy Salita, a 24 year-old Russian immigrant is making history as a top professional boxer and a rigorously observant Jew. While providing an intimate,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 11, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Salita is such a careful, reined-in fellow that one comes away wanting to have seen much more of the men around him.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Salita doesn't see many other conflicts in his twin passions -- which, ultimately, makes for a less-than-gripping story. He's a likable guy and we're happy to watch his successes, but the movie lacks the emotional punch needed to knock us out.

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Nora Lee Mandel

Personable, singular young welterweight makes the audience, and a colorful array of mentors and supporters, believe boxing is the sweet science %u2013 you just gotta have faith.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

While it might have made for an intriguing segment on a television newsmagazine show, doesn't sustain itself over the course of a feature-length film.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

In the intriguingly layered documentary Orthodox Stance, a determined young boxer strives to prove that the laws of God and the laws of the ring need not be at odds.

Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

The fastest and best boxing action around plus a candid look inside the fight business make this a great film for aficionados of the sport. But there is not a lot there for most others.

Ronnie Scheib

Hutt's straightforward presentation tends to flatten out pic's anomalies instead of highlighting them.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Well-meaning but fairly dull.

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Hutt's shoddy editing and listless pacing keep the audience regrettably detached from the proceedings.

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