The Champ Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A pointless update of King Vidor's '30s weepie.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 27, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
October 2, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 29, 2006
| Original Score: 2/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
July 23, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2003
Seek out the 1931 King Vidor version.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
The most offputting thing about such canny, tear-stained movies as The Champ is not their na´vetÚ but their unholy sophistication. These movies don't mean to deal with the world as it really is, but as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 1, 2007
The tear-jerking is so determined and persistent that your ducts feel as if they'd been worked over with a catheter.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 24, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 7, 2008
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 21, 2010
Zeffirelli's inferior remake to King Vidor's 1932 classic, starring Jon Voight in the Oscar-winning role that Wallace Beery had originated, is a manipulative tear-jerking melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: C-

TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 1, 2007
The original film took 85 minutes, this one 121; the extra length has not improved the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
November 11, 2004
Voight is fine as boxer on a comeback, but Ricky Schroeder steals the film. I dare you not to cry!
| Original Score: 4/5
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
February 13, 2004
I admit it. I cried.
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
December 1, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 27, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
January 4, 2005
Pale remake of Wally Berry classic.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Fiddler
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
February 19, 2003
Great performance from Jon Voight and Rick Schroeder
| Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
April 1, 2007
A three-alarm, three-hanky movie of the highest order, perfect for your kids who don't get to see many truly sad films.

Film4
May 24, 2003
Even more of a tear-jerker than the 1931 version of the same story, there is not a dry eye on the screen.
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
June 13, 2004
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Variety
March 26, 2009
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