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Generally favorable reviews- based on 76 Ratings

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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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Dec 25, 2013
    40
    Even by low standards, Grudge Match is astonishingly undercooked.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Dec 24, 2013
    30
    [An] overlong, drab, not-so-funny sports comedy.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 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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  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. 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. Expand
  4. Jan 6, 2014
    6
    Grudge Match is a little fun with a lot of missed opportunity. The script felt mashed together in a day or two without much revision. The movie lacks intention that could have made it a really great experience. Instead I felt like it was just OK. If you're being selective about what to see in theaters right now, perhaps this one is best left until its available at a Redbox. Collapse
  5. Nov 13, 2014
    5
    "Grudge Match" 10 Scale Rating: 4.5 (Mediocre) ...

    The Good: While the vast majority of them were in the previews, the film did have a
    couple of amusing scenes and lines. The idea and set up were solid and at least kept my interest enough to see it through to the end.

    The Bad: The dramatic elements miss the mark completely and I didn't really care about any of the subplots. The film is completely predictable and full of cliche scenes that we've seen in several other movies. While DeNiro was serviceable, Stallone was pretty much awful. Even Kevin Hart's comedy couldn't save this one.
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  6. Mar 30, 2014
    4
    If this had happen 20-30 years ago, People would go crazy, but now that both guys are up there in age and their star power is fading fast, It's no where near as compelling to see. It's painfully generic through out and while there are bits of humor here and there, It's not enough to justify sitting through the overly long two hour run time. Expand
  7. Jan 7, 2014
    4
    Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro play ex-boxers who never settled their rivalry (in the ring and in love), so they decide to stage a final bout. These two screen icons toss around age and fat jokes, but mostly play the drama. Luckily, Adam Arkin provides crusty comic commentary and Kevin Hart brings wise ass chatter. Still, the script is only occasionally amusing, painfully predictable and not at all compelling. If you insist on seeing it, be sure to sit thru the closing credits for two surprise cameos that create the film's funniest moment. Expand

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