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  • Summary: 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 street-fighting. When Harvey offers Shawn help at making the real cash, the two form an uneasy partnership. (Rogue Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 88
    Fighting has real grit and excellent acting. In other words, there is gold in that dirt.
  2. In a genre where too many films are all brawn and no brain, Fighting is a contender.
  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. 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.
  5. Fighting is a crude love letter to seventies' New York cinema but set in the present.
  6. 50
    Every so often you catch glimpses of a better movie behind the simplistic structure and formulaic plot.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Fighting seriously lacks punch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 9 out of 16
  1. WinstonL
    May 6, 2009
    This was one of the most intense movies I've seen...I loved it!
  2. Jun 13, 2014
    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 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. Expand
  3. Jul 24, 2011
    Fighting is a film that tries desperately to be relevant in any way, but it is only a weak action film punctuated by some good ideas in the script. The film tells the story of Shawn MacArthur, a young man lost in life after a fight in a square is contacted by an agent that helps him making money in illegal fights.
    With an outcome of the head just wrong (as The Man Who Copied, for example), Fighting is a film that shows that the end had interesting characters and was supposed to be a good movie, and itâ
  4. TavoG
    Aug 31, 2009
    How is this movie getting halfway decent reviews? Worst movie I have seen since the last Indiana Jones movie.
  5. BobV.
    Apr 24, 2009
    This movie was absolutely terrible.
  6. Jack
    May 3, 2009
    This movie was one of the worst films I've ever seen. And I've seen Wicker Man. I was physically ill after watching this terrible excuse for cinema. Expand
  7. Mar 20, 2012
    Unwatchable. 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. Expand

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