Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...
The Jimmy Hoffa-esque struggles of a young teamster to organize a union for his fellow teamsters provides the basis of this epic drama that stars Sylvester Stallone. On his way to the top of the unions, the increasingly ruthless and amoral teamster makes the fatal mistake of getting involved with the mob.
No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.Login
Critic Reviews for F.I.S.T.
F.I.S.T. stands for nearly 2 1/2 hours of almost unmitigated boredom-a misfired would-be proletarian epic with Sylvester Stallone misplaying the Jimmy Hoffa part with a self-confidence that borders on the sublime.
F.I.S.T. is to the labor movement in the United States what All the King's Men was to an era in American politics.
Stallone's performance is a superb blend of stubborn-jawed gravity and ironic hamming.
F.I.S.T. is a big movie that benefits more from the accumulation of small, ordinary detail than from any particular wit or inspiration of vision. It's also played with great conviction by its huge cast.
Stallone likes to depart from his customary muscle image from time to time. Often it fails, but sometimes he succeeds, as in this interesting (albeit somewhat flawed) drama of a Hoffa-like trade union leader.
So-so Sly Stallone as labor leader (like Hoffa). Diversion at best.
You'll most likely enjoy F.I.S.T. as much as I did: enough to casually recommend the thing, but not all that loudly or excitedly.
Stallone shows signs of greatness here. Jewison's direction is slick and steady.
It is well-trodden territory, with nothing exciting or enlightening offered.
Audience Reviews for F.I.S.T.
Definetely a great Sylvester Stallone film. I don't know he just has that certain coolness factor about him. Rent this movie!!!More
Rocky becomes a union leader, while Norman Jewison steals scenes directly from Frank Capra (It's a Wonderful Life) and Vittorio de Sica (Bicycle Thieves). Absolutely brutal.More
dramatic storytelling of how the teamsters was born..Stallone achieves a surprisingly meaningful performance, and is backed up by the excellent Steiger, Lo Bianco and Boyle...this movie has an epic feel and provides an interesting insiders look how the union came to be....a bit violent but that is part of the true story of the push/pull dynamic of workers rights vs the corporation...I enjoyed it quite a bitMore
Discuss F.I.S.T. on our Movie forum!