Metascore
35

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: Lawrence Toppman
    Dec 24, 2013
    75
    Formulaic, yes. Settled with as many reconciliations and promises of happiness as “A Christmas Carol,” absolutely. But a familiar pleasure, nonetheless.
  2. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Dec 24, 2013
    67
    A pleasant, albeit very minor, surprise: a movie that never quite rises above its clichés, but which nonetheless tries to invest them with emotional credibility.
  3. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Dec 25, 2013
    63
    Grudge Match belongs to a fast-growing genre I'll call "Senior Citizen Action Porn," or SCAP. Proud members of SCAP include "Red" and its sequel, "Red 2," the "Expendables" series, and the best of the 2013 crop, Arnold Schwarzenegger's "The Last Stand."
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Dec 24, 2013
    60
    Grudge Match never settles on the movie it wants to be, wavering uncertainly between a jokey old-guys comedy and something more dramatic and heartfelt.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Dec 25, 2013
    50
    Stallone and De Niro simply don’t generate enough combative spark to make this anything more than an amiably mediocre diversion.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Dec 25, 2013
    50
    Grudge Match at its core is an affront to the cinema gods, an attempt to capitalize off two iconic films for a few cheap laughs.
  7. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Dec 25, 2013
    50
    On balance, I think I'd rather have seen Rocky 15.
  8. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Dec 25, 2013
    50
    This Grudge Match is winners take all and losers bought tickets.
  9. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Dec 24, 2013
    50
    Even though it's all preliminaries, no main event, Grudge Match is harmless enough as entertainment. Just not as harmless as its poor protagonists.
  10. 50
    It’s perfectly passable holiday entertainment for people who dated during the “Rocky” and “Raging Bull” era. Just don’t expect this Grudge Match to be much of a challenge.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Dec 24, 2013
    50
    Luckily, a strong supporting cast makes up for the protagonists’ tepid interactions. The brilliant duo of Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin steal the show.
  12. Reviewed by: Kimber Myers
    Dec 23, 2013
    50
    While it’s an occasionally funny film with good performances from its stars, it’s poorly and cheaply made.
  13. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Dec 22, 2013
    50
    It will come as a surprise to none that Grudge Match is so wantonly clichéd that to watch it is to explore the outer perimeters of one's own tolerance for a specific type of feel-good sports film.
  14. Reviewed by: Curtis Woloschuk
    Jan 21, 2014
    40
    Rather than getting us on the ropes and landing some telling blows, Grudge Match keeps its distance and tosses meek jabs. Cheap sentimentality can’t disguise the crashing cynicism on display.
  15. Reviewed by: Nick de Semlyen
    Jan 20, 2014
    40
    An idea that must have sounded good on paper looks a lot less smart on the screen.
  16. 40
    The result is maybe more interesting than we might have expected, but it’s not particularly funny.
  17. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Dec 25, 2013
    40
    Even by low standards, Grudge Match is astonishingly undercooked.
  18. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Dec 24, 2013
    40
    Segal's gearbox gets jammed between recession-era sports drama and brainless comedy, especially as Hart hollers pop-culture punch lines like he's the squirrel sidekick in a CGI kiddo flick.
  19. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Dec 24, 2013
    40
    This is a wretched movie, trading on characters we revere, yet doing nothing to honor them. Director Peter Segal tries everything he can to recapture the magic of the earlier movies, but to no avail. It’s all rather sad.
  20. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Dec 23, 2013
    40
    Essentially recasting “Grumpy Old Men” with the senescent specters of Rocky Balboa and Jake LaMotta, the result is sporadically amusing, with some chucklesome sight gags and crowdpleasing supporting turns from Alan Arkin and Kevin Hart, yet it’s all so overcooked that it defeats its own purpose.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Dec 28, 2013
    32
    Like a swollen boxer's eye, it should have been cut.
  24. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Dec 24, 2013
    30
    The rare cinematic experience that is both wall-to-wall jokes and wall-to-wall depressing.
  25. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Dec 24, 2013
    30
    [An] overlong, drab, not-so-funny sports comedy.
  26. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Dec 24, 2013
    30
    The movie only wakes up when Hart and/or Arkin are on screen (preferably together).
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 71 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  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 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 ) 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
    10
    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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