• PG-13, 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Charles S. Dutton
    In Theaters:
    Feb 20, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 13, 2004
  • Paramount Pictures

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Against the Ropes Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

September 9, 2010
Michael Dequina

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

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 28, 2008
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics

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

Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics | Original Score: 2/4

April 25, 2007
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today

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

| Original Score: 2.5/4

September 1, 2006
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

It's one thing to make a predictable Hollywood movie. It's another thing to make a predictable Hollywood movie based on a fascinating life.

| Original Score: 2/4

June 4, 2004

Empire Magazine

What could have been a gripping tale becomes hammy and overdone.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

May 14, 2004
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

Meg Ryan is busily torpedoing any respect she might have accrued

Full Review Source: Times [UK]

May 13, 2004

This movie lacks any complexity. Dutton opts instead to embellish the story with boxing clichés.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 2/5

May 11, 2004
Edith Alderette
San Francisco Examiner

Ryan's Kallen is painfully two-dimensional.

| Original Score: 2/4

April 9, 2004
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies

Mediocre, cliché-ridden but passable entertainment that completely falls apart in the third act.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 7, 2004
Cynthia Fuchs

Complicated by the ways that race, masculinity, and media shape expectations and possibilities in the boxing world.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

March 23, 2004
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

The film isn't good enough for the full price.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

March 4, 2004
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

What the audience ends up with is a watered down whitewash of Kallen's life story.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

February 29, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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A miscast Ryan struggles with a Detroit accent and a script that goes nowhere.

| Original Score: 1/4

February 26, 2004
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Ryan seems to be having fun, at least: she speaks with a breathy working-class accent that's part Lauren Bacall, part Teamster.

| Original Score: 2/4

February 25, 2004
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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What could have been a Working Girl hoot gets mired in redundant assertions of Kallen's feistiness.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 24, 2004
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Against the Ropes ... is "inspired" by Kallen's life but ultimately has as much to do with her story as Schindler's List did with the War of 1812.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

February 24, 2004
Angela Baldassarre

An awfully contrived and awkward "true-life" drama, film tries desperately to be a crowd-pleaser without delivering the necessary narrative punch or action.

Full Review Source: Sympatico.ca | Original Score: 2/5

February 24, 2004
Don R. Lewis
Film Threat

This is just another boxing movie with few surprises and an awkward message to viewers.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 24, 2004
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

If you like boxing or know a little something about the sport, prepare to have your intelligence insulted.

Full Review Source: Nitrate Online | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 23, 2004
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