• R, 2 hr. 19 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    David Fincher
    In Theaters:
    Oct 15, 1999 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 6, 2000
  • 20th Century Fox

Critic Review - New York Magazine

Fight Club rolls out its indictments and its Zen koans, but what it really resembles, perhaps unknowingly, is the squall of a whiny and essentially white-male generation that feels ruined by the privileges of women and a booming economy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Magazine | Comments (22)
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Comments

Charlie A.

Charlie Allen

That's the point. It's a satire.

Jul 28 - 07:38 PM

Tyler S.

Tyler Sweet

seriously

May 15 - 02:49 PM

Raza

Sheharyar Raza

I think critics are supposed to be criticizing film making and style here, not the ideology, which couldn't hope to please Everyone

May 20 - 03:04 PM

Charlie T.

Charlie Tyrganst

Actually that's the point...good on you for seeing it. Chuck wrote the book for this reason and Fincher chose to adapt it for this message.

May 30 - 11:40 AM

Andre Telfer

Andre Telfer

Nice, but isn't that a fractured thought? That exact feeling, which was present inside the protagonist, was alienated and objectified to form Tyler Durdan. Skipping the rest of the story, the protagonist basically rejected those ideals by "killing" Tyler Durdan. Ok, so this is 11 years after you wrote the comment... but if you do ever read this, then wouldn't you want to support this movie unless you enjoyed the squall of whiny white men.

Aug 7 - 08:34 PM

Willis Squire

Willis Squire

Yes The Whiny Squall of Men Who like to beat the shit out of each other(there was a bunch of different races) Fight club was an amazing movie, one of my favorites

Aug 29 - 07:35 PM

Anthony Rivich

Anthony Rivich

"Booming economy" eh?

Nov 8 - 10:11 PM

Nick Thome

Nick Thome

the movie was made in 99, smart one

Apr 20 - 09:34 PM

Frank DiPerna

Frank DiPerna

man, is it funny to read this 11 years later. the so-called "booming economy" turned out to be a farce, didn't it? perhaps the "essentially white-male generation" was right to be whiny!

Dec 14 - 12:36 PM

Joe Cozza

Joe Cozza

This is why I hate films critics. They over think things.

Dec 15 - 03:12 PM

Alexis Solis

Alexis Solis

you poor clueless bastard

Jan 10 - 05:08 PM

Taylor Harrison

Taylor Harrison

wow, someone is butt-hurt. A wonderful movie, top critic? i could do a better job.

Jan 15 - 10:50 AM

Casey Oppen

Casey Oppen

This film does not point out gender flaws specifically, but our society as circling the toilet in search of better trappings. The economic cons to the thought pattern of "Tyler Durden" are not resentment but equality. Perhaps a communist pro mentality but one that values the middle class citizens of a society and devalues the impact of insanely rich.

This movie movie clearly says loud and clear that we are in charge of our destiny and following the norms that have been beaten into us is not always the best when you see how many sects of society are on their backs in the western world.

When you critics over analyze movies as progressive and thought provoking like Fight Club it makes me wonder what pre-requisites do american journalistic publications look for in employees.

In such a case, the New York Magazine's reputation is not only in question but the thought process of those who represent it.

Feb 4 - 07:13 PM

Zachary T

Zachary Thomas

... the magazine's reputation is at stake for having a movie critic that analyzes a movie more thoroughly than the average viewer? Jeez, we can't have that, now can we?

Aug 11 - 05:42 PM

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Cam Mangels

Cam Mangels

What does Republican have to do with it? I'm Republican and this is one of my favorite movies ever.

"Now, a question of etiquette - as I pass, do I give you the ass or the crotch?"

Feb 18 - 01:40 PM

Jordan Sharps

Jordan Sharps

Umm, no, just no. Did Peter Rainer watch the same movie everyone else did? If so, was he pissed off about something when he watched it? A review like this makes me worry that Peter Rainer has difficulty being satisfied with any movie at all...

May 5 - 01:43 AM

Mike Bierman

Mike Bierman

Wow, you just don't get it.

May 22 - 07:12 PM

Nikitas Soulounias

Nikitas Soulounias

So you got the point and you dont like the movie? im gonna have to tell your wife...

Jul 17 - 03:53 PM

Buddy Glass

Buddy Glass

but we privileged white males LIKE whining about the horrors of relationships and consumerism!

Jul 27 - 01:34 PM

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