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 young fighter working as a ticket scalper (Channing Tatum) is mentored by a street-fighting trainer (Terrence Howard) in this Rogue Pictures production. Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) directs from his own script, with Kevin Misher producing.

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
Rogue Pictures - Official Site


as Shawn MacArthur

as Harvey Boarden

as Martinez

as Zulay

as Ray Ray

as Christopher Anthony

as Jack Dancing

as Jack Dancing

as Stockbroker Jerry

as Alba Guzmán

as Kimo's Girl

as Roommate Sal

as Fine Claudette

as Jun Seoul

as Dragon Le

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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