Resurrecting the Champ
Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

Director and co-screenwriter (along with Chris Gerolmo, Allison Burnett, and Michael Bortman) Rod Lurie tells the uplifting tale of a sports writer who almost lost it all before stumbling into the story of a lifetime in this uplifting… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 24, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While sluggish in spots, Resurrecting the Champ is a sports/newsroom drama elevated by high-caliber performances by Samuel Jackson, Josh Hartnet, and Alan Alda.

Tom Charity

Resurrecting the Champ is authentic in its newsroom scenes, and appropriately concerned at how entertainment value trumps diligent reporting.

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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal

The movie itself -- which deals (not very interestingly) with the issue of journalistic integrity and (very predictably) with father-son relationships -- doesn't pack much of a wallop.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

a must see for the performances

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Despite one great performance and an intriguing setup, the work is crippled by another performance that's nowhere near great, and a storyline that makes it impossible to root for the leading man.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

While Resurrecting the Champ seems to be just what you expect, it's only when you've let your guard slip that you realize it's hiding something altogether more forceful in its glove.

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Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Resurrecting the Champ is a movie I was going to recommend. It was contrived and dopey, but it seemed like pleasant entertainment. Then came the terrible last ten minutes when it casts itself on the rancid junk heap of hokum.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

Champ is a solid effort with a lot going for it, but it suggests that Lurie still isn't willing to relax and let viewers interpret his films.

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

There's no rule that says a movie must have a likable character at its center, but it helps if a nonlikable central character is at least interesting.

Heather Huntington

Nothing can wrench this movie from the grip of a saccharine, formulaic script full of plattitudes and divided allegiances.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
Among the movies I've most wanted to see in the last few years, Resurrecting the Champ was a real letdown. The story is supposed to be about a journalist… More
Manu Gino
Pretty good movie, I really liked it. When up-and-coming sports writer Erik Kernan saves a homeless man from a scrape with a group of rowdy college kids, he… More
paul sandberg
This film took me to unexpected places. I figured I was in for another formula fight film, but, in spite of an awesome performance from Jackson, the film… More
Jeff Boam
Any screenwriter who has researched the sport of boxing could instantly tell moviegoers their favorite fight flick, be it Raging Bull, Requiem for a… More
Bruce Bruce
I'm not much of a Sam Jackson fan but he did a good job in this movie. Not really a sports flix, Good Story Base. Worth the buy or the Rent, Will add to my… More
Sol C
The film is a little predictable, but the performances of Sam Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Kathryn Morris, and Alan Alda make this film worth seeing. Even though,… More