• 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

Fight Club Reviews

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
April 22, 2013

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.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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April 22, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
April 22, 2013

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

David Denby
New Yorker
Top Critic
April 22, 2013

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.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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May 11, 2012

This is American self-absorption at its finest.

David Rooney
Variety
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October 18, 2008

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


Time Out
Top Critic
January 26, 2006

You can call [it] irresponsible. Or you can call it the only essential Hollywood film of 1999.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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
Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
June 18, 2002

Delivers a sucker punch to the audience and then pulls the rug out from under it. It is sensational.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Globe and Mail
Top Critic
March 19, 2002

| Original Score: 3/4
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

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.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Fight Club is an empty shout of 'To hell with it all!'

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

A bloody, hilarious ride into the twisted recesses of the modern male psyche.

J. Hoberman
Village Voice
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Extremely funny, surprisingly well-acted, and boldly designed -- at least until its steel-and-chrome soufflé falls apart.

Robert Horton
Film.com
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Relentlessly funny.

Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

An original piece of filmmaking!

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

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.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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January 1, 2000

If the first rule of Fight Club is 'Nobody talks about Fight Club,' a fitting subsection might be 'Why would anyone want to?'

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Tom Keogh
Film.com
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Terribly underwhelming.

Susan Stark
Detroit News
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Bloody mess of a guy film loses its battle to have any real meaning.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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January 1, 2000

Certainly no movie in years has had this much subversive fun.

Gemma Files
Film.com
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January 1, 2000

It always surprises, never bores.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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January 1, 2000

If, as Fincher has said, this movie is supposed to be funny, then the joke's on us.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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January 1, 2000

Along with the superior technical work, the movie shows off its three leads at their best.

Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
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January 1, 2000

Pitt's best work since A River Runs Through It.

Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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January 1, 2000

Brutal, bracing, funny.

Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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January 1, 2000

Fight Club is a distinctively dense and often hilarious film, but in the end it's nonsense.

Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

A fabulously berserk runaway train of a movie, David Fincher's Fight Club is post-MTV filmmaking at its most assured and courageous.

Steven Rosen
Denver Post
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Affliction is a better film, because it brings us into the hearts and minds of its characters rather than just bludgeoning us with its visions.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

It's about being young, male and powerless against the pacifying drug of consumerism. It's about solitude, despair and bottled-up rage... It's about daring to imagine the disenfranchised reducing the world to rubble and starting over.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

The Fight Club is a memorable and superior motion picture - a rare movie that does not abandon insight in its quest to jolt the viewer.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John Hartl
Film.com
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

A wickedly funny assault on the soul-destroying nature of 20th-century consumerism

Janet Maslin
New York Times
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January 1, 2000

The director of Seven and The Game for the first time finds subject matter audacious enough to suit his lightning-fast visual sophistication, and puts that style to stunningly effective use.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5