• 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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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

Sunday Times (Australia)

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

August 16, 2004
Stephanie Zacharek
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

February 21, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Given a real character to play, and one within her range, Ryan delivers a real performance, and a really likable one, in this sassy-but-not-edgy boxing picture.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

February 20, 2004
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star

It is February, and this one is at least watchable. So go ahead and pick it up. Just don't expect it to be there when you get home.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 2/4

February 20, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Meanders until it gets to the final third of its running time, and then it catches fire.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 20, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Against the Ropes is a rousing drama about a pioneering female boxing manager whose gift of enthusiasm is something special.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

February 20, 2004
Fred Topel

The great thing about sports movies is it doesn't really matter that they're all the same.

Full Review Source: About.com

February 19, 2004
Sue Pierman
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It's an interesting, character-driven film, the story of a woman who has a fight on her hands when it comes to her chosen career.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

February 19, 2004
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Far from a championship movie, but it's fun while it lasts.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

February 19, 2004
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Ryan is clearly enjoying herself. She adroitly maneuvers her trademark cuteness into a kind of oblivious brashness -- a curious mix of brassy and brave.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

February 19, 2004
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

Omar Epps, sporting a great physique and aggressive acting chops, opens up the ring bringing heart and drama to an intro that hadn't much more to offer than big names.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 18, 2004
James Berardinelli
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There are cracks in the foundation, but it is nevertheless a surprisingly watchable production.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 17, 2004
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

Meg Ryan struts her stuff Erin Brockovich-style; chock-a-block with moxie and the mettle of a woman who wants more.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

February 17, 2004
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

What makes this movie truly enjoyable is the way it shows how two lost souls join together to fight the good fight.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

February 14, 2004
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Has Erin Brockovich written all over it, mostly due to Meg Ryan's blowsy performance.... Alas, the comparison doesn't work in this film's favour.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

February 12, 2004
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
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
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 15, 2006
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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April 17, 2004
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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April 3, 2004

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March 1, 2004

Baltimore Sun
February 21, 2004

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February 20, 2004

Chicago Reader
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January 10, 2004
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