Fight Club Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 22, 2013
Fight Club is an arresting, eventually appalling excursion into social satire by way of punishing violence.
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David Denby
New Yorker
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 11, 2012
This is American self-absorption at its finest.
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David Rooney
Variety
October 18, 2008
[A] bold, inventive, sustained adrenaline rush of a movie...
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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.
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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
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
| Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Fight Club is an empty shout of 'To hell with it all!'
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
A bloody, hilarious ride into the twisted recesses of the modern male psyche.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Extremely funny, surprisingly well-acted, and boldly designed -- at least until its steel-and-chrome soufflé falls apart.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Relentlessly funny.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
An original piece of filmmaking!
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Terribly underwhelming.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Bloody mess of a guy film loses its battle to have any real meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Certainly no movie in years has had this much subversive fun.
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Gemma Files
Film.com
January 1, 2000
It always surprises, never bores.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Along with the superior technical work, the movie shows off its three leads at their best.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Pitt's best work since A River Runs Through It.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
Brutal, bracing, funny.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Fight Club is a distinctively dense and often hilarious film, but in the end it's nonsense.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
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.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A wickedly funny assault on the soul-destroying nature of 20th-century consumerism
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
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