Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 32
  2. Negative: 12 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Dec 23, 2013
    Grudge could have saved itself with a rousing finale, but the buildup is so tedious you just want the fight to end.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Dec 23, 2013
    Grudge Match does not work on any level. The story is unconvincing. The comedy elements are weak... And, worst of all, the acting in most scenes — particularly those involving Sylvester Stallone and Kim Basinger — is atrocious.
  3. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Dec 28, 2013
    Like a swollen boxer's eye, it should have been cut.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Dec 24, 2013
    The rare cinematic experience that is both wall-to-wall jokes and wall-to-wall depressing.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Dec 24, 2013
    [An] overlong, drab, not-so-funny sports comedy.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Dec 24, 2013
    The movie only wakes up when Hart and/or Arkin are on screen (preferably together).
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 28, 2013
    Watching De Niro and Stallone piss all over their most iconic roles provides no pleasure. It made me feel – Sad. Sad. Sad.
  8. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Dec 25, 2013
    Everyone in the movie, of course, is anxious to see these comeback seniors beat each other up, except, perhaps, the viewing audience.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Dec 24, 2013
    It's not pretty. In fact, it's downright scary when the two of them, after an hour-and-a-half of insults, finally drop the robes and get into the ring. It's like two old leather handbags come to life and slapping each other around in slow-motion.
  10. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Dec 24, 2013
    Even the audience at whom the movie is aimed — the crowd for whom dinner and a movie means meeting up at 3 p.m. — will be bored by the stale funk coming off every scene.
  11. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 23, 2013
    A director who really wanted to honor these actors’ legendary roles, rather than simply use them as a marketing hook, might have found a way to make this concept palatable. Segal (“Get Smart”) is not that director.
  12. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Dec 18, 2013
    This is a strange, unfunny, and unmoving boxing riff that simultaneously apes the hoary templates of Thirties and Forties fisticuffs films, nails cliches, and telegraphs its eventual outcome at every opportunity. A remarkably uninspired movie overall, Grudge Match is pure pablum melodrama all the way down to the final count.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Dec 25, 2013
    The humor and fun tone of Grudge Match keeps it light and entertaining as you make your way through the formulaic plot. Film buffs will enjoy seeing Rocky Balboa and Jake LaMotta fighting on the big screen. The movie will not survive as a classic, and makes a strange choice for Christmas, but offers a little more than expected. Full Review »
  2. Jan 25, 2014
    Grudge Match tells the story of two boxers Henry " Razor " Sharpe ( Sylvester Stallone ) and Billy "The Kid" McDonagh (Robert De Niro ) Won each other for one match . 30 years later, they met at a crucial Grudge Match . The film proved to be a comedy in the genre with great jokes and great acting.

    Sylvester Stallone played perfectly " Razor ." His character soperezhivaeshdazhe knowing that he will win .

    Robert De Niro is Sylvester Stallone opponent because his story is very touching.

    Grudge Match is a very funny comedy with a great cast , good sauntrek and a good storyline .
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  3. MB_
    Apr 3, 2014
    I came in not expecting too much but was very happy with the film.

    Yes there were a few throwaway tribute gags to the old boxing films and
    by half way through things get a little predictable. But I can enjoy the virtues of the film.

    The problem with modern films to me is that characters do things that don't make sense and just act to move the film forward, this incongruence is glaring but in this case each character was actually acting in character.

    Not really a fan of DeNiro, his performances are usually that showy, he doesn't usually play an actual human being more panto villain. Stallone was his usual old self and didn't embarrass himself and everyone else in the case were great, Arkin didn't emulate Meredith at all which was a great choice and Hart was pretty amusing as the comedy relief.

    The critic snobbery is of course no surprise, they hate anything with Stallone, this is fact. They could have written their reviews months ago, they are that predictable.

    I'm giving it a ten because I liked the characters and script that's what I'm all about.
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