Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 32
  2. Negative: 12 out of 32
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  1. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Dec 23, 2013
    38
    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
    38
    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
    32
    Like a swollen boxer's eye, it should have been cut.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Dec 24, 2013
    30
    The rare cinematic experience that is both wall-to-wall jokes and wall-to-wall depressing.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Dec 24, 2013
    30
    [An] overlong, drab, not-so-funny sports comedy.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Dec 24, 2013
    30
    The movie only wakes up when Hart and/or Arkin are on screen (preferably together).
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 28, 2013
    25
    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
    25
    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
    25
    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
    25
    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
    20
    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
    0
    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
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 83 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Dec 25, 2013
    7
    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 enjoyThe 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
    9
    Grudge Match tells the story of two boxers Henry " Razor " Sharpe ( Sylvester Stallone ) and Billy "The Kid" McDonagh (Robert De Niro ) WonGrudge 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. Apr 25, 2014
    7
    A funny comedy with enough of a sentimental, feel good type story to keep viewers entertained. Both Stallone and De Niro do a fantastic job,A funny comedy with enough of a sentimental, feel good type story to keep viewers entertained. Both Stallone and De Niro do a fantastic job, and fans of their earlier works will get a kick out of seeing "Rocky Balboa" and "Jake LaMotta" duking it out in the ring. Supporting cast members Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin bring a lot of laughs.

    Overall it's a very enjoyable comedy, although I wouldn't call it a great one. It can be slow sometimes and some of the earlier attempts at humor do fall flat. Still, it end up managing to be both funny and enjoyable enough for me to recommend it for at least a rental. For my total score I give it a 7.8/10-Good.
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