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  • Summary: A documentary highlighting three young boxers from the mean streets of Brooklyn and their coach as they prepare for the 1997 Golden Gloves Tournament, giving equal attention to their experiences in and out of the ring.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 100
    A sports documentary as gripping, in a different way, as "Hoop Dreams."
  2. Exceptional, powerful new documentary.
  3. 90
    Walking out of the theater, I felt so bereft that I couldn't speak. And it doesn't hurt any less thinking about the movie now, as I write this.
  4. In recording life as it unfolds in the course of a year, On the Ropes not only defies prediction as to its outcome but is in some ways downright confounding...as involving and suspenseful as the best fictional films.
  5. Reviewed by: Rod Dreher
    75
    What the film lacks in freshness...it makes up for in its sympathetic and compelling portrayal of its subjects.
  6. Isn't so emotionally powerful as the Oscar-winning "When We Were Kings" but which -- in its more intimate way -- still packs a punch.
  7. Reviewed by: Edvins Beitiks
    50
    The story of a trainer and three of his boxers trying to break away from the confines of a gym in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Each story is strong, gripping in its own way. But you've heard them all before.

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