Fighting (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

Fighting (2009)



Critic Consensus: Though Fighting has a likable lead performer, and the fight scenes are impressive, the paper-thin plot ultimately unravels.

Movie Info

A small-town boy hustling his way through the big city forms an uneasy alliance with a scam artist who inducts him into the violent world of bare-knuckle brawling in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints writer/director Dito Montiel's unforgiving urban action film. Arriving in New York City with little more than the shirt on his back, Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum) makes ends meet by selling counterfeit goods on the street. But times are tough and money is short, and just as things are starting to look grim, Shawn crosses paths with crafty con artist Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard). Harvey instantly recognizes Shawn's natural talent for street fighting, and offers to help the uneasy newcomer make some quick cash on the bare-knuckle circuit. But making a living by brawling isn't easy because the system is hopelessly corrupt, and the only people who really come out on top are the rich businessmen who place wagers on the disposable fighters. Still, Harvey's instincts were right, and Shawn quickly makes a name for himself by taking down every opponent who crosses his path, including mixed martial arts champs, veteran pugilists, and ultimate fighters. As each bout becomes more intense, Shawn realizes that his only hope for escaping this dark world is to face his fiercest opponent to date.more
Rating: PG-13 (for intense fight sequences, some sexuality and brief strong language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Dito Montiel, Robert Munic
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 25, 2009
Box Office: $23.0M
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Channing Tatum
as Shawn MacArthur
Terrence Howard
as Harvey Boarden
Luis Guzman
as Martinez
Flaco Navaja
as Ray Ray
Anthony DeSando
as Christopher Anthony
Roger Gual
as Jack Dancing
Iván Martín
as Stockbroker Jerry
Altagracia Guzmán
as Alba Guzmán
Angelic Zambrana
as Kimo's Girl
Jim Coope
as Roommate Sal
Melody Herman
as Fine Claudette
Doug Yasuda
as Jun Seoul
Cung Le
as Dragon Le
Anthony De Sando
as Christopher Anthony
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Critic Reviews for Fighting

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (32)

The tell-it-as-it-is title hardly indicates anything out of the ordinary, but this bare-knuckle boxing flick is put together with more love than you'd expect.

Full Review… | May 15, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Yes, both Channing Tatum and Zulay Henao... have careers for their looks alone, and they'd have better careers delivering pizza than delivering dialogue.

Full Review… | March 2, 2011
7M Pictures

Call a movie Fighting, you expect action. Only include shots of Channing Tatum shirtless in the trailer, you expect to see half-naked Tatum. Fighting doesn't deliver either.

Full Review… | August 14, 2010

Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra) is crazy beautiful, and perfectly cast as a slow, troubled young man.

Full Review… | July 4, 2010

the protagonist happens to be played by an actor who looks more like a fashion model than tough street fighter

Full Review… | December 17, 2009

Fighting consistently feels like a patchwork of better movies without their excitement or rooting interest in character.

Full Review… | September 23, 2009
DVD Review

Audience Reviews for Fighting

Two gorgeous men with their tops off. What more could you ask for? There is also a really nice story and a genuinely great film. A must see!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

This movie was okay, I kinda liked it. The acting was just okay, and Channing Tatum is one of the great new rising stars. The concept was good, but the way they do it wasnt bad, but strange. Their were moments in the movie where Tatum would randomly run into aquantinces in the biggest city in America, WTF? In the end I enjoyed the movie, but it still was far from great.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer


An ok fighting film about the underdog on the rise. It's a well made and put together film with some good actors. However I have to say it hasn't got very good fight choreography!! Most of the fights are random brawls, cage fight style mixed disciplines....and don't last that long. There isn't a lot of build up to the fights either in terms of tension or training. Overall an ok watch but I thought Never back down was a similar plot film done much better.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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