• 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 - Big Picture Big Sound

I don't mind a film with a surprise ending but, rather than enhancing the film, the climactic revelation in Fight Club cancels out everything previously seen. In fact, the bitter end of the film is a hypocritical cop-out.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Comments (36)
Big Picture Big Sound

Comments

Travis F.

Travis Franklin

It's based on the book. Complain to Chuck not Dave.

Aug 26 - 08:51 PM

Clara T.

Clara Thrupp

Well actually the ending of the book's different to the ending of the film.

But as a huge fan of both i'd say that the film ending was slightly better, but that's just personal preference

Jul 17 - 07:38 PM

Ryon S.

Ryon Shepard

Umm... this movie is not all about the story. It's more about the theme. One of the best films ever.

Nov 10 - 12:32 AM

steve w.

steve w

thats what makes it worth watching

Dec 6 - 07:42 PM

D34DGh0sT

Dudley Heffington

LOL okay

Feb 1 - 09:51 PM

kik b.

kik boy

Good point but damn what a cool film.

May 9 - 02:01 PM

Peter L.

Peter Lind

i also disagree. the surprise ending is like the cherry on an ice cream - it makes something just a little bit better.

Jun 10 - 02:52 AM

Erekle A.

Erekle Antadze

this movie is not about making up whole story
it's about What we were talking about in movie
it's one of the darkest and coolest movies ever!
just epic!
and 100% unpredictable

Jul 18 - 01:11 PM

ratstar

Craig Melling

it wasn't surprising at all.

Aug 6 - 05:49 AM

Jon A.

Jon Andrew

the ending wasn't the cherry on top, it changed the flavour of the whole ice cream but in a good way. I think it makes the movie what it is. I don't understand how such a revelatory, creative climax can be called a cop out!!

Aug 22 - 07:16 PM

In-Correct

In Correct

Nobody should be surprised to see an ending as terrible as this movie.

Sep 16 - 01:36 PM

Najee N.

Najee Najee

well go fuck yourself cunt, this movie is a classic

Jul 11 - 03:44 AM

Japes

Japes .

Try to control yourself, douchebag.

Jan 27 - 11:01 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

I agree, what a fudge plunger.

May 17 - 05:28 AM

screenrambler.com

Rob Cox

I couldn't agree more about this film's ending being a cop-out. A pretty good film overall, IMO, but really hated the pulpy ending.

Oct 6 - 04:50 PM

Charles-David Roc

Charles-David Roc

The book ending was that jack died, what did u expect ?

Jan 17 - 09:31 PM

Jerin S.

Jerin Smith

"homosexual overtones"? Really? I'm pretty sure that in a hot basement, you're not going to be wanting to wear a whole lot of clothing, nor do I think it is homosexual to beat the shit out of a guy without wearing a shirt. Your ignorance and immaturity disturb me.

Jan 4 - 11:17 PM

Zac Chrysan

Zac Chrysan

Actually there are clear and distinct homosexual overtones...

David Fincher put these in on purpose to keep the audience uncomfortable and to not see the twist ending coming.

Apr 26 - 07:06 AM

Najee N.

Najee Najee

go eat shit

May 26 - 06:12 AM

Charlie T.

Charlie Tyrganst

Well...the ending actually shows us what the story was the whole time and it strengthens the theme with the ending. The story is about Edward Norton's character feeling emasculated in the modern world, so think of the ending in that context and it's actually brilliant that he imagines everything because it is a last mental strive to hold onto his male instincts.

May 30 - 11:44 AM

Jonathan S.

Jonathan Sicard

homo.... wow. talk about not knowing ANYTHING about boxing, or (real) wrestling.

Jul 11 - 05:52 PM

mister b.

mister beef

if you think the ending is a cop out, then you missed the point dickwads

Sep 5 - 08:32 PM

Jon J.

Jon Johannesson

Sep 6 - 04:07 PM

Jon J.

Jon Johannesson

I was never a fan of the ending. I found the film to be OK, but it's a completely convoluted and pointless end to the film. The overall direction and acting is lovely but without a coherent narrative, it lacks a certain something that's in almost all other films from Fincher.

Sep 6 - 04:08 PM

Alex Rass

Alex Rass

I actually agree about the climatic revelation contradicting some of the things we saw in the film, aswell as some other flaws. I still enjoy the hell of out this movie somehow, i think it's such good filmmaking that it doesn't matter wheter you agree with the message of it, it's still very entertaining

Sep 15 - 02:26 PM

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