• 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

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

April 22, 2013
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Blistering, hallucinatory, often brilliant, the film by David Fincher is a combination punch of social satire and sociopathology.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

April 22, 2013
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
David Denby
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

April 22, 2013
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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This is American self-absorption at its finest.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 11, 2012
David Rooney
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[A] bold, inventive, sustained adrenaline rush of a movie...

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008

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

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
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
Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
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Delivers a sucker punch to the audience and then pulls the rug out from under it. It is sensational.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

June 18, 2002

Globe and Mail
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| Original Score: 3/4

March 19, 2002
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
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Fight Club is an empty shout of 'To hell with it all!'

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

January 1, 2000
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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A bloody, hilarious ride into the twisted recesses of the modern male psyche.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune

January 1, 2000
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Extremely funny, surprisingly well-acted, and boldly designed -- at least until its steel-and-chrome soufflé falls apart.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 1, 2000
Robert Horton
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Relentlessly funny.

January 1, 2000
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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An original piece of filmmaking!

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

January 1, 2000
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

January 1, 2000
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 1, 2000
Tom Keogh
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Terribly underwhelming.

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Bloody mess of a guy film loses its battle to have any real meaning.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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Certainly no movie in years has had this much subversive fun.

January 1, 2000
Gemma Files
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It always surprises, never bores.

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
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Along with the superior technical work, the movie shows off its three leads at their best.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 1, 2000
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
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Pitt's best work since A River Runs Through It.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

January 1, 2000
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Brutal, bracing, funny.

January 1, 2000
Andrew O'Hehir
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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
Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
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A fabulously berserk runaway train of a movie, David Fincher's Fight Club is post-MTV filmmaking at its most assured and courageous.

January 1, 2000
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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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.

January 1, 2000
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
John Hartl
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A wickedly funny assault on the soul-destroying nature of 20th-century consumerism

January 1, 2000
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
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