Fighting

Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
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  1. 88
    Fighting has real grit and excellent acting. In other words, there is gold in that dirt.
  2. 83
    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.
  3. 75
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Jordan Burchette
    75
    Fighting is a fun, frank and faithful homage to simple inner-city drama.
  5. 75
    Fighting arrives fully charged by the charisma of its star, Channing Tatum, who has landed the lead in the upcoming "G.I. Joe."
  6. In a genre where too many films are all brawn and no brain, Fighting is a contender.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    70
    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.
  8. 70
    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.
  9. 70
    Yet, even if the movie is a fake as a fight picture, it's still a decent commercial entertainment.
  10. 67
    Howard's snappy-smooth performance, unsurprisingly, is what elevates Fighting from its hoary genre predecessors.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 157 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 9 out of 16
  1. Jun 13, 2014
    9
    I didn't expect to enjoy this film, but I did. Not the predictable storyline, but the characters. I actually enjoyed the way every one of theI didn't expect to enjoy this film, but I did. Not the predictable storyline, but the characters. I actually enjoyed the way every one of the actors played their parts - and that's not something you can say of many movies. I'm sure the director can take a lot of the credit for the way the nuanced performances made a quite enjoyable film from what was probably a terrible script, but I still liked all the characters, right down to the love interests' elderly relation. This is a bad movie made into an enjoyable one by the people who made it. Full Review »
  2. kgm
    Apr 29, 2009
    2
    Punchdrunk
  3. Mar 20, 2012
    0
    Unwatchable. Bad story, bad acting, bad fight corry. I knew it was time to stop watching when I caught myself reading something else withUnwatchable. Bad story, bad acting, bad fight corry. I knew it was time to stop watching when I caught myself reading something else with the movie going in the background. Full Review »