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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
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  1. JaredC.
    Aug 20, 2007
    3
    It may be inspirational, but its a letdown. Everytime you watch Samuel L. Jackson, you have to expect something, and that is greatness. His only good movies (Jurassic Park and Coach Carter) are big hits. But his acting in other film's (including this one) he is just weird in. This is no powerful movie, it dissapointed me completely as the whole idea which is superb ends up being way It may be inspirational, but its a letdown. Everytime you watch Samuel L. Jackson, you have to expect something, and that is greatness. His only good movies (Jurassic Park and Coach Carter) are big hits. But his acting in other film's (including this one) he is just weird in. This is no powerful movie, it dissapointed me completely as the whole idea which is superb ends up being way too hard for the writer and director to make because its a hard story to make of. And thats what sucks about it, but it still made me cry a little. But it just never really came together. Its not crap, its just not very good. Expand
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55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    70
    Charged by a knock-out performance from Samuel L. Jackson, this compelling story of manly redemption will deliver a winning boxoffice combination of word of mouth and ultimately step outside the generic ring of sports lore.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    60
    Overly sentimentalized and the execution is slack. If not for Samuel L. Jackson's performance as the ravaged boxer, "Champ" would be of limited interest.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    50
    This isn't great raw material, though Lurie and his screenwriters try their best to portray Erik as some guilt-ridden evildoer who's perpetrated a great fraud.