Girlfight Reviews

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media
September 16, 2014
Thought-provoking boxing drama has lots of profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 1, 2008
It gives its fine actors room to breathe and behave -- and in Michelle Rodriguez's case, glow.
August 1, 2008
A bit of a lightweight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
While parts were new and interesting, I can't make it a recommended view.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
For once, the advance buzz has been amply justified, thanks to an extraordinarily charismatic film debut by a non-professional named Michelle Rodriguez.
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Matt Wolf
Associated Press
March 26, 2007
For all the violence on view, Kusama's script insists on a real, wholly unsentimental tenderness.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
It's a refreshingly straightforward and honest attempt, flying in the face of the rest of the product out there, which is either manipulating and dumb or tricky and arty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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 | Original Score: B
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
It's sensitive, it avoids sentimentalism, and it wins our cheers by giving us believable characters that we care about.
| Original Score: B+
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
A moving performance by newcomer Michelle Rodriguez showcases this moody Sundance showstopper about a Brooklyn teen who battles an age-old gender barrier.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
October 10, 2002
The strength of this Romeo and gym-rat story is Rodriguez's performance. She is a vivid powder keg of repressed and resurrected dreams and desires.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 15, 2002
Like a smart boxer, Girlfight knows when to be light on its feet and when to hit hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 18, 2002
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
The script is pure Rocky but the style is Girlz n' the Hood, and the two don't ever mesh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
A low-key, naturalistic coming-of-age drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 19, 2001
First-time writer-director Karyn Kusama makes it seem believable (the big question is, how come someone with this much talent isn't getting more opportunities in Hollywood?).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 16, 2001
One of the best films of the year.
| Original Score: 4/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
June 14, 2001
An impressive debut, an enthralling story about an urban teen finding her place in life. And that place happens to be a boxing ring.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Peter Keough
Anchorage Press
June 11, 2001
Rodriguez, taking punches as well as she dishes them out, is a champion whom women and men alike can cheer.
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