Southpaw (2015)

From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and screenwriters Kurt Sutter ("Sons of Anarchy) and Richard Wenk (THE MECHANIC), SOUTHPAW tells the riveting story of Billy "The Great" Hope, reigning Junior Middleweight… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 24, 2015
DVD Release Date: October 27, 2015
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Jake Gyllenhaal delivers an impressively committed performance, but Southpaw beats it down with a dispiriting drama that pummels viewers with genre clichés.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

The modicum of pleasure delivered by "Southpaw" arrives thanks to its cast, who struggle bravely and energetically with the hopelessly bland text and the invisible, impersonal direction.

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Andrew O'Hehir

"Southpaw" is a tremendous accomplishment of mainstream cinematic craft, a near-perfect match of director, material and star.

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Joanne Soh
The New Paper (Singapore)

You will delight in how director Antoine Fuqua brings the punches real close.

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James Berardinelli

Southpaw isn't content with presenting a gallery of clichéd characters. It takes the time to put flesh on the bones.

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Alison Willmore
BuzzFeed News

When you look past Fuqua's jittery directing, which dices up shots and leans the camera close into its star's painstakingly battered mug, Southpaw is a melange of familiar fighter movie ideas and images going back to Rocky.

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Carlos Losilla

An aesthetic journey that goes from the top of the American dream to its abyss, to propose then a kind of return to life. [Full review in Spanish]

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

I veered between being awed and appalled, though mostly the latter.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

Just as director Antoine Fuqua starts to close in on something interesting and unexpected, he retreats to the safety of his corner and gives us what we've seen too many times before: a predictable flurry of melodramatic jabs.

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Alberto Abuín

Can be too conventional at times because of its calculated and cliche script but the director compensates it with a dynamic staging. [Full review in Spanish]

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
Clichà (C)-driven but a well-put effort in being inspiring and persevering. Southpaw has its plot holes and melodrama, but thanks to Jake Gyllenhaal's… More
KJ Proulx
Any cliche you can think of, this film has. However, that is not always a bad thing, especially when your cliches are as effectively written as these are.… More
Josh Lewis
An entirely predictable boxing drama elevated by committed performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Forest Whitaker, but it doesn't have enough to fully… More
Carlos Magalhães
Gyllenhaal continues to show that he is one of the most interesting and talented actors of his generation, elevating this conventional boxing story that,… More
Jim Hunter
After his wife is killed, a boxer falls from grace but finds redemption in one last fight. Jake Gyllenhaal's physical transformation and the intensity of… More
Kevin M. Williams
A confident and cocky champion loses everything and must learn humility to regain his standing and his family. No surprises. McAdams and Whittaker pretty hold… More