Against the Ropes (2004)



Critic Consensus: A bland, dumbed-down package of sports cliches.

Movie Info

Charles S. Dutton's feature-length directorial debut Against the Ropes is based on the real-life story of Jackie Kallen, a Jewish woman from Detroit who became a successful boxing manager. Played by Meg Ryan, Kallen works her way up in the world of boxing by believing in the fighting skills of Luther Shaw (Omar Epps). Director Dutton appears as veteran trainer Felix Reynolds, whom Kallen encourages to come out of retirement.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Cheryl Edwards
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 13, 2004
Box Office: $5.7M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


as Jackie Kallen

as Luther Shaw

as Felix Reynolds

as LaRocca

as Gavin

as Ray Kallen

as Pete Kallen

as Pedro Hernandez

as Dorsett

as Devon Green

as Kevin Keyes

as Young Crisco

as Corcoran

as Lonnie

as Car Attendant

as Hernandez' Manager

as Ring Announcer

as Street Crony

as Barrel-Chested Man

as Beauty With LaRocca

as Mouketendi

as Mathias

as Mathias' Manager

as Pawn Shop Clerk

as Heavyweight

as Heavyweight

as Organic Clerk

as Female Reporter

as Jacobs

as USA Today Reporter

as Megan the Reporter

as Kimberly Insurance

as LaRocca's Henchman

as Sands Fight Referee

as LaRocca's Receptioni...

as Ring Announcer

as HBO Commentator

as Final Fight Referee

as Security Guard

as Montage Promoter

as Hernandez' Trainer

as Ticket Guy

as Philadelphia Fight O...

as Ray Kallen's Sparrin...

as Buffalo Opponent

as Luther's Sparring Pa...

as Hopeful Fighter

as Luther's Trainer

as Luther's Tampa Oppon...

as Hopeful Fighter

as Hernandez' Sparring ...

as Montage Opponent

as Montage Opponent

as Montage Opponent

as Montage Opponent

as Montage Opponent

as Montage Opponent

as Montage Opponent

as Montage Opponent

as Montage Opponent

as Montage Opponent

as Montage Opponent

as DJ at Strip Club

as Interviewed Boxer

as Miami Referee

as Philadelphia Referee
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Critic Reviews for Against the Ropes

All Critics (140) | Top Critics (40)

A miscast Ryan struggles with a Detroit accent and a script that goes nowhere.

February 26, 2004
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

What could have been a Working Girl hoot gets mired in redundant assertions of Kallen's feistiness.

Full Review… | February 24, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

Uninspired tale feels like a made-for-TV movie.

Full Review… | September 9, 2010
Common Sense Media

An inoffensively average, formulaic entertainment with a marketing-problematic point of view.

Full Review… | December 28, 2008

It's hard to expect anyone to infuse much passion into a "by-the-numbers" boxing movie which telegraphs every punch.

Full Review… | April 25, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

Against the Ropes may not deliver a knock-out, but it does land some pretty good blows.

September 1, 2006
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for Against the Ropes


quite a hated movie!
although it isnt original its not a terrible movie and is quite a good movie, it kept me entertained and interested in the movie and i thought it was pretty interesting.
I enjoyed the story and its based on real events as well and i enjoyed the acting and writting of the script i think the movie showed how men are predujice and sexist when a women does a supposed male job that no women should do, and i think it projected that across brilliantly i really enjoyed the movie.
Meg Ryan is brilliant and so is omar epps i love tony shalhoub in this hes brilliant as the horrible trainer businessman.
Meg Ryan pays a women whose bossed about and finally gets the chances to take on a fighter for boxing but she takes a risk with an unsuspeciting surprise that turns to be a huge bonus, but will the fame get to her and will she continue to have the fighters best interests at heart?
Funny in places and keeps you entertained and a real good emotional journey through the life of a women who gets everything good movie!

Film Crazy

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Arash Xak

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Good bit comedy, but filled drama in fight film with my one of favourite beautiful actresses, Meg Ryan. Interesting inspired tale by the life of Jackie Kallen, the most successful female manager in the world of boxing.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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