Girlfight (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

Girlfight (2000)



Critic Consensus: Michelle Rodriguez gives a compelling performance, despite lack of a boxing background; Karyn Kusama packs a punch with this directorial debut.

Movie Info

A high-school senior with a fiery temper and reputation for trouble, Diana lives with her brother and single dad, Sandro, in a housing project in Red Hook. Each week Sandro pays a local trainer to put some meat and muscle on his son, but when Diana decides she, too, wants to be a boxer, he refuses. With dogged determination, Diana begins a grueling training regimen and, under the loving tutelage of her trainer, becomes the gym's first female champion. The discipline, cunning, and humility required to be a contender are the cold shower Diana needs to focus her ambitions. But when she falls in love with a promising amateur, her priorities are forced into burning focus.more
Rating: R (For language)
Genre: Sports & Fitness, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Karyn Kusama
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 27, 2001
Box Office: $0.8M
Screen Gems - Official Site


J.P. Linton
as Mr. Price
Iris Little Thomas
as Ms. Martinez
Jack R. Marks
as Pawnbroker
Diane Martella
as Gym Coach
John Sayles
as Science Teacher
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News & Interviews for Girlfight

Critic Reviews for Girlfight

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (32)

It gives its fine actors room to breathe and behave -- and in Michelle Rodriguez's case, glow.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

For once, the advance buzz has been amply justified, thanks to an extraordinarily charismatic film debut by a non-professional named Michelle Rodriguez.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

For all the violence on view, Kusama's script insists on a real, wholly unsentimental tenderness.

Full Review… | March 26, 2007
Associated Press
Top Critic

Kusama's direction is imaginative, her attention to detail makes for credibility and clarity with regard to the dilemmas faced by her determined young heroine, and Rodriguez is quite astonishing in the lead role.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's obvious Kusama knew what she wanted and was in control, because all the key roles and scenes are played with a uniform tone and conviction.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

While it wonderfully confounds our narrative expectations as a coming-of-age story and a romantic drama, it works on another level as a great sporting experience.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Girlfight

The acting in this was decent, and the characters were somewhat believable. I don't think the idea of her being a boxer was taken far enough, however. The fights seemed unrealistic. Not bad..not great..

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Developed in the midst of the rise in female boxing, Michelle Rodriguez puts together a nice personal project.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Michelle Rodriguez first film. Good to see a girl throw a punch every now and again.

Lesley N

Super Reviewer

Girlfight Quotes

Adrian: Why do you train with Hector?
Diana: You mean at all?
Adrian: Yeah.
Diana: Because I want to.
Adrian: Aren't you afraid of gettin' hurt?
Diana: What, and you're not?
Adrian: No, it's just - It's a dangerous sport.
Diana: I didn't make the cheerleading team.
– Submitted by Jerome M (2 years ago)
Veronica: I didn't do nothing!
Diana: Except be your stinky stanky self!
– Submitted by Jerome M (2 years ago)
Hector: Inside you know yourself?
Diana: I do.
Hector: Then that's all you need.
– Submitted by Ariana T (4 years ago)
Adrian: No, you're sweet.
– Submitted by Amanda M (4 years ago)

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