Fight Club (1999)

TOMATOMETER

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Solid acting, amazing direction, and elaborate production design make Fight Club a wild ride.


Movie Info

In this darkly comic drama, Edward Norton stars as a depressed young man (named in the credits only as "Narrator") who has become a small cog in the world of big business. He doesn't like his work and gets no sense of reward from it, attempting instead to drown his sorrows by putting together the "perfect" apartment. He can't sleep and feels alienated from the world at large; he's become so desperate to relate to others that he's taken to visiting support groups for patients with terminal … More

Rating: R (for disturbing and graphic depiction of violent anti-social behavior, sexuality and language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jim Uhls
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 6, 2000
Runtime:
20th Century Fox - Official Site

Cast


as Tyler

as Narrator

as Robert

as Angel Face

as Testicular Cancer Su...

as Weeping Woman

as Leader Partners in P...

as Airline Check-in Att...

as Federated Motor Co. ...

as Technician No. 2

as Business Woman on Pl...

as Airport Security Off...

as Doorman at Pearson T...

as Man in Suit

as Detective Andrew

as Detective Kevin

as Detective Walker

as Lou's Body Guard

as Seminary Student

as Raymond K. Hessel

as Commissioner Jacobs

as The Mechanic

as Food Court Matire d'

as `Steph'

as Next Month's Opponen...

as Cop at Marla's Build...

as Detective Stern

as Cosmetics Buyer

as Car Salesman

as First Man at Auto Sh...

as Second Man at Auto S...

as Bus Driver with Brok...

as Channel 4 Reporter

as Banquet Speaker

as Airport Valet

as Salvator/Winking Bar...

as Proprietor of Dry Cl...

as Bruised Bar Patron N...

as Bruised Bar Patron N...

as Bartender in Halo

as Hotel Desk Clerk

as Waiter at Clifton's

as Desk Sergeant
Show More Cast

Related News & Features

Brad Pitt's 10 Best Movies
– Rotten Tomatoes
10 Classic Movies Critics Hated
– Film School Rejects

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

Login

Critic Reviews for Fight Club

All Critics (162) | Top Critics (33)

It is working American Beauty-Susan Faludi territory, that illiberal, impious, inarticulate fringe that threatens the smug American center with an anger that cannot explain itself, can act out its frustrations only in inexplicable violence.

Full Review… | April 22, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Blistering, hallucinatory, often brilliant, the film by David Fincher is a combination punch of social satire and sociopathology.

Full Review… | April 22, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Fight Club is an arresting, eventually appalling excursion into social satire by way of punishing violence.

Full Review… | April 22, 2013
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

We're meant to take the male bonding and the blood rituals as a protest against the sterility of corporate life and modern design, but Fincher's sadomasochistic kicks overwhelm any possible social critique.

Full Review… | April 22, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

This is American self-absorption at its finest.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[A] bold, inventive, sustained adrenaline rush of a movie...

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Fight Club

David Fincher's adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's acclaimed novel is dark, unorthordox and sickly in many ways. Fight Club presents a superb case of strong performances from Norton, Pitt & Bonham Carter along with an intricate presentation, making this a cult film that resonates in today's age of film-making. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

½

A yuppie comes under the influence of an enigmatic stranger who encourages him to shed the trappings of modern consumerist life and begin an underground bare knuckle boxing club to rediscover his manhood. The 90s created a whole generation of nihilistic smart asses who found their standard bearer in Tyler Durden. Fight Club was a bit of a phenomenon upon its release and it seemed to speak to the the disenfranchised youth of Generation X in a way that nothing had before and being one such example, I hailed it as a masterpiece as did many others. Looking back, it's really far more a smug indie comedy than serious drama and I can't quite believe that anyone really took it seriously. It was for all intents and purposes the death knell of said generation even though we didn't really see it at the time, Palahniuk was showing us the ultimate futility of that way of thinking. It's amusing how a charismatic self styled guru can create such a cult of personality (which is no doubt how many forms of organised extremism find their way into existence) and Brad Pitt cuts a very imposing and frankly hilarious figure as Durden. In fact the whole thing smacks of the kind of creativity in all areas that we rarely see in mainstream cinema and as such is still well worth seeing. But I can't help feeling that Fight Club was the logical extension of Project Mayhem itself; a practical joke that people took way too seriously!

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Damn some people really missed the whole point of this movie. Most people either can't or won't recognize the brilliant satire behind this film (yes Ebert, that means you).

For me, it's just as good as the Chuck Palahniuk book it's based on. The story of this potent work follows a nameless narrator who deals with his sad, lonely existence by becoming addicted to support groups for issues he doesn't have, but fakes, mostly because he finds the attention comforting. His addiction changes from support groups to underground fighting matches with other disaffected men after he meets the kooky soap salesman Tyler Durden. From there, things really start to spiral, but I'm not saying anymore, as part of the joy is experiencing things unfolding for one's self.

The actors do so well with their characters that it's hard to imagine anyone else playing the parts, and not only that, but they become the characters, and you forget that they are really just actors. Fincher's dark and hypnotic style works perfectly with this material, and the editing is also really good.

This movie isn't really about dudes beating each other up in underground fighting venues. It's a critique of masculinity, being marginalized by society, and a major attack against gross materialism and consumerism. This is catharsis at it's finest.

I first saw this when I was a sophomore in high school the same week I first saw Reservoir Dogs and Taxi Driver, and I was never the same after that. Those three films are what lead me to become the rabid film buff that I am, and the rebellious and disaffected nature of the protagonist here really spoke to me, and I found myself really able to identify with a lot of the stuff going on here.

I suppose the film is perhaps a tad overrated, and, unlike the book, the twist doesn't work quite as well, but even then, this film is a powerful, compelling, and amazing work of art. Also, given the content, it really amazes me (still) that this was a mainstream production.

Bottom line, this is a must see.

cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Fight Club Quotes

– Submitted by Danny O (2 months ago)
– Submitted by Ricardo T (5 months ago)
– Submitted by James D (10 months ago)
– Submitted by Jesse H (11 months ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Fight Club on our Movie forum!