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  • Summary: A fierce rites of passage story about a quick-tempered young woman (Rodriguez) who finds discipline, self-respect and love in the most unlikely place - a boxing ring. (Columbia Tristar Interactive)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. While Rodriguez punches through the indie clutter to announce herself as a superb new movie talent, so Kusama scores big points in her first main event.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    A terrific little uppercut of a boxing movie and close to a perfect one.
  3. 80
    A near-irresistible button-pusher that's agile enough to hold a mirror to its own aspirations: The Sundance prize-winning filmmaker and her prize discovery, Michelle Rodriguez, merge in the image of a self-invented amateur boxer.
  4. 75
    A coming-of-age tale that truly floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee.
  5. Uplifting and moving in a traditional Hollywood way, while also seeming as raw and unfiltered as cinema vérité.
  6. 70
    A persuasively feminine coming-of-age story.
  7. We're in for a long, unpleasant, reactionary ride.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8

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