• 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

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Fight Club Reviews

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Brogan Morris
Movie Mezzanine

Fight Club may be iconic and technically proficient, but it's more distant than perhaps any film to attain "modern classic" status.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine

March 9, 2014
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

April 1, 2003
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Fight Club is an arresting, eventually appalling excursion into social satire by way of punishing violence.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 22, 2013
Joe Lozito
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.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 14, 2007
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This was a lightweight film that mistakenly thinks it's in the heavyweight class.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

January 1, 2000
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...an incredibly brutal and pretentious film ostensibly about alienation in a modern desensitized world, a black comedy that entertains only on the most superficial level.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

January 1, 2000
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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If, as Fincher has said, this movie is supposed to be funny, then the joke's on us.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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If you want a movie that makes sense and doesn't make you chuckle at its sophomoric satire, laugh this one right off your list.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

It's a movie with all the warmth of a refrigerated meat locker at midnight. And who wants to hang around there?

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 23, 2004
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

Instead of a nasty story with life lessons, what we have is testosterone-driven lunatics who enjoy pain, the sight of blood, and hearing bones crunch. David Cronenberg might have succeeded with the material -- David Fincher doesn't.

Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

February 13, 2004
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

[Fincher's] tooth and nail stylistics inherently obscure any point the film might be trying to make.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: short

March 8, 2002
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

My main problem with Fight Club is that its mood and screenplay suggest an important film with something socially significant to say when in reality it's paper-thin stuff.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: C+

January 1, 2000
Mac Verstandig
Moviereviews.org

Fight Club is a work of prevailing violence.

January 1, 2000
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

Taking every scene on an individual basis, it is often madly brilliant, but put it all together, and it is a pretentious, incoherent mess.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
KJ Doughton
Nitrate Online

An unhinged mess of a movie, with potentially dangerous ideas handled in a winking, cynical manner.

Full Review Source: Nitrate Online

January 1, 2000
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review

If you like movies like "NBK" and "RD" then you must see this movie. If you don't have a strong stomach and don't like violence. Stay home. Trust me on this.

Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Original Score: 1/5

February 14, 2001
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Undermines any seriousness it might have harbored with an avalanche of smirky cynicism designed to flatter the hipper-than-thou fantasies of adolescent moviegoers.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

April 2, 2003
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Fight Club is a distinctively dense and often hilarious film, but in the end it's nonsense.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
Tom Keogh
Film.com
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Terribly underwhelming.

January 1, 2000
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