Fight Club Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 12, 2009
"Fight Club" is a cinematic Hail-Mary pass from David Fincher that the audience desperately wants to catch.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Rooney
Variety
October 18, 2008
[A] bold, inventive, sustained adrenaline rush of a movie...
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
February 3, 2008
May also be yet another example of a book that was just fine as a book -- that didn't need to be made into a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
An exciting, dangerous, and intense story.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
You can call [it] irresponsible. Or you can call it the only essential Hollywood film of 1999.
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
July 5, 2005
It might not be as controversial as it was back in 1999, but it's definitely just as relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Durden is so intense, focused and honestly violent that the messianic hold he has on his followers is palpable. It's one of the best things that Pitt has done and his performance helps to recommend the film.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 20, 2005
One of the greatest films ever made
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 3, 2005
Pitt bronco-rides through the movie, using many of the nutsy-dangerous mannerisms he previously unloosed in 12 Monkeys. It's the performance you'd expect Pitt to give, and still you can't take your eyes off it.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 8, 2005
...more clever and kinetic than it is profound, more a visceral movie than a think piece.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
In the future, all manner of society's ills in the future will be blamed on this movie. [But] this is a film that exposes evil, not one that glorifies it.
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 23, 2004
It's a movie with all the warmth of a refrigerated meat locker at midnight. And who wants to hang around there?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 13, 2004
Lobs punishing combinations at the flabby midsection of life in the 1990s. But as the film wears on, it's apparent that Fincher can't deliver the knockout blow.
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
This is a strange, agonized film--a darkly comic end-of-the-millennium fable with unforgettable performances and visuals. The writing is tight, smart and edgy; there's no question it hits a chord with our consumer-crazed lifestyle.
| Original Score: 3/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 2, 2003
Undermines any seriousness it might have harbored with an avalanche of smirky cynicism designed to flatter the hipper-than-thou fantasies of adolescent moviegoers.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 1, 2003
If it had all continued in the vein explored in the first act, it might have become a great film. But the second act is pandering and the third is trickery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Meek
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
What puts the fight in Fight Club is Fincher's visual wizardry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Fight Club is not just a movie, but a wake up call to a disenfranchised generation sick of being told by advertising what to drive, wear, buy, smoke, drink and eat in order to be cool.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
[Jack's] search may not necessarily be over at the end, but a new one by the audience may have commenced. Any film that makes you question yourself must be doing something right.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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