• 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

Against the Ropes Reviews

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Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
February 23, 2004

Against The Ropes is the latest sucker punch that arrives in the arena of unbearable boxing sagas complete with built-in sporting cliches and forged bravado

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 23, 2004

Fails to earn credibility and it fails to engage us.

Full Review | Original Score: 63/100
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
February 22, 2004

If Against the Ropes was a boxer, it ... would be a lightweight. The movie spends more time displaying Jackie as a publicity-hungry celebrity ... than as a boxing manager.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
February 21, 2004

squanders rich source material, opting for cliches and stock situations instead... Forget 'Raging Bull' -- this is Raging Baloney.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pete Croatto
Filmcritic.com
February 21, 2004

You're on the losing end from the opening bell

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 21, 2004

"Against the Ropes" spent 6 months in release hell before finally getting plunked down in the winter doldrums. The utter mediocrity of the film tells you why.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
Top Critic
February 21, 2004

Somewhere along the way, I found myself enjoying Against the Ropes, not in spite of my better judgment, but because something in the movie defies the whole notion of better judgment altogether.

Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
February 21, 2004

With all the platitudes flying around (and with one of the most stridently uplifting scores in memory), it's difficult to take any of Against the Ropes seriously.

Bill Gallo
Dallas Observer
February 20, 2004

Ryan's mannered toughness looks like play-acting, and she never quite convinces us she's seen the inside of a fight gym, much less that she's worthy to be Rocky in a miniskirt.

Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com
February 20, 2004

A soft, undernourished biography that plays things too safe.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
Top Critic
February 20, 2004

So anemic you should probably order iron supplements with your popcorn, its plot so predictable it makes falling dominoes seem like a white-knuckle thrill ride.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Top Critic
February 20, 2004

A boilerplate melodrama whose good guys and bad guys are so baldly drawn they could have been conceived by Friz Freleng.

Susan Walker
Toronto Star
Top Critic
February 20, 2004

Bathos wrapped in a formulaic screenplay bolstered with cliches, not only about the boxing world but about tough women and the men who hate them.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
Top Critic
February 20, 2004

Ultimately, you've seen it before, and there's no reason to see it again. Let's hope the real Jackie Kallen's life is more inspiring than this.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
February 20, 2004

By the end, everything that was initially serious about the film becomes silly and everything appealing about it turns sour.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
February 20, 2004

Kallen's interesting story has been pulped, if not pulverized, as a Rocky rouser.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
February 20, 2004

One of those infamous 'based on a true story' movies in which just about everything is a lie.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 20, 2004

[F]eels like a halfhearted attempt to remake a proto-feminist B flick Roger Corman tossed off in 1968...

Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
February 20, 2004

Offers some entertaining punches, but ultimately goes down on a split decision.

| Original Score: 5/10
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com
February 20, 2004

Pretty much one big Great White Hope cliché, with a few sports clichés mixed in for variety.

| Original Score: 1.5/4
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