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Fighting

6/10
Sport . Crime . Thriller . Action . Drama . Adventure
 

Small-town boy Shawn MacArthur has come to New York City with nothing. Barely earning a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets, his luck changes when scam artist Harvey Boarden sees that he has a natural talent for streetfighting. When Harvey offers Shawn help at making the real cash, the two form an uneasy partnership.

 
Actors: Luis Guzmán , Peter Anthony Tambakis , Flaco Navaja , Michael Rivera , Angelic Zambrana , Brian J. White , Roger Guenveur Smith , Zulay Henao , Terrence Howard , Channing Tatum
Directors: Dito Montiel
Country: USA
Release: 2009-04-24
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  • Wesley Morris

    Fighting has real grit and excellent acting. In other words, there is gold in that dirt.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Fighting doesn’t break new ground so much as animate B-movie types, but New York movies this gritty and flavorful don't come along very often.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    I like the way the personalities are allowed to upstage the plot in Fighting, a routine three-act fight story that creates uncommonly interesting characters.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Fighting arrives fully charged by the charisma of its star, Channing Tatum, who has landed the lead in the upcoming "G.I. Joe."

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    In a genre where too many films are all brawn and no brain, Fighting is a contender.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Jordan Burchette

    Fighting is a fun, frank and faithful homage to simple inner-city drama.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Michael Ordona

    It's not "Raging Bull" or "Fight Club," but Fighting is populated by believable losers and lovingly adorned with just the right faces and peeling wallpaper to absorb you in Montiel's world.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Not everything that happens in Fighting entirely makes sense -- it’s a fable, after all, and a fable doesn't necessarily have to -- but it breathes with a rough, exuberant realism that you rarely see in movies of its kind.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Denby

    Yet, even if the movie is a fake as a fight picture, it's still a decent commercial entertainment.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Howard's snappy-smooth performance, unsurprisingly, is what elevates Fighting from its hoary genre predecessors.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    In Channing Tatum, who also starred in "Saints," the film has a good-looking, magnetic hunk to draw a crowd. Terrence Howard lends the pedigree of great screen acting, and Zulay Henao adds charm and glamour.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    As its defiantly bland title suggests, Fighting is a bare-bones effort that tries just hard enough to keep us watching. By making good use of its New York setting, Montiel does bring a certain indie grit to the generic story.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Jeremy Wheeler

    It's not as if Fighting is terrible. The acting is well done, as is the unique look at the underbelly of the Big Apple.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Fighting is a crude love letter to seventies' New York cinema but set in the present.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The director plays a visual game of three card monte on us for this silly, weakly acted and yet sometimes entertaining variation on the “Big Fight” movie formula.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    Every so often you catch glimpses of a better movie behind the simplistic structure and formulaic plot.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • John Anderson

    For all the utter phoniness of Fighting -- the cockeyed, faux-verite shooting, the lurches in storytelling, the lack of character development, a contrived crisis between Shawn and his would-be girlfriend Zulay and Tatum's dopey-charming thing--Fighting's not so bad.

    Variety Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    Authentic locations and careful attention to detail help evoke several New York boroughs in all their gritty vitality, but the screenplay about a hunky street vendor turned underground fighter is sloppy and false.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Adam Markovitz

    Murderously dull stretches of dialogue suck most of the fun out of this sloppy drama.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    The movie never works up a pulpy head of steam. It's like an exploitation movie that thinks it's an art movie, only there's no art to be found.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Dan Kois

    Fighting isn't very good, but it will make you hope that someday, some great director will give Tatum's pecs the star vehicle they deserve.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Fighting seriously lacks punch.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    If Fighting for Life is propaganda, it's the best kind, largely avoiding editorialization and instead focusing on simple human drama.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    These young men and women aren't in it for the money, or the glory; they only want to save lives and heal wounds. That's another kind of glory.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • John Anderson

    The only people who seem immune to the politics of the Iraq War are also at its epicenter: the doctors and nurses who mend and tend to the wounded, and who provide the heart and soul of Terry Sanders' Fighting for Life.

    Variety Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    The doctors and nurses who care for America's wounded troops on the battlefield and in hospitals get their due in Fighting for Life.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    There are some heartbreaking moments here, from the reactions of recent amputees to the tearful doctors and nurses trying hard to remain professional. And there is no question that Sanders has discovered a worthy subject. He just hasn't found the right way to approach it.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Some of the most upsetting images are from a century and a half ago: Mathew Brady photos of the Battle of Antietam during the Civil War, the conflict that gave birth to modern battlefield surgery.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Nick Pinkerton

    Director Terry Sanders's goal of comprehensiveness and some bad sequencing prevents the film from achieving the ringing purity of John Huston's postwar doc "Let There Be Light."

    Village Voice Full Review
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