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Never Back Down Reviews

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Armond White
New York Press

Maybe it's just a genre picture, but scene after scene in Never Back Down displays vitality and wit. This is the year's first good-looking and fully enjoyable American movie.

Full Review Source: New York Press

March 19, 2008
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine

When I think of tough fighters the first thing I think is Disney World. You can take so much of that place before you want to go and beat the heck out of someone.

Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine | Original Score: C

March 17, 2008
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

If you thought the problem with Step Up 2: The Streets was that there weren't enough kicks to the head, this virtual remake is for you.

| Original Score: 2/4

March 17, 2008
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International

Compulsively watchable...there's always something viscerally exciting about watching kung fu fighters whaling on each other.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 17, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I laughed so much at the litany of clichés that I finally had to admit I was entertained from start to finish by this cheesy knock-off.

March 17, 2008
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

Pretty much all of Never Back Down is shot like an episode of Punk'd, with a soundtrack from an MTV2 playlist. Which is all perfectly appropriate and kinda fun.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

March 17, 2008
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy

proves to be a bit of a guilty pleasure

| Original Score: 2/4

March 16, 2008
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

You could call this "Fight Club Jr." blended with "Karate Kid Redux" and "The Fast and the Furious Again."

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 14, 2008

As Tennessee Williams so often intimated, there's always something to prove down south - typically one's homoerotically-charged sense of manhood.

Full Review Source: UGO

March 14, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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It's a little Karate Kid, a smidge of Fight Club...a lot of The O.C. (evil boy Gigandet played an evil boy on that series), and presto: probable hit.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

March 14, 2008
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This unlikely hybrid of The Karate Kid and Fight Club is formulaic and derivative, but sufficiently well made to work as both teen-angst melodrama and bone-rattling brawl picture.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

March 14, 2008
Hank Sartin
Time Out New York
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The eternal battle between the hot-but-arrogant blond and the hot-and-likable brunet continues on new turf in the almost gleefully bad Never Back Down.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

March 14, 2008
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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Towering above all is Hounsou, whose performance grants Never Back Down a measure of dignity.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1/4

March 14, 2008
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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The fights are parceled out at intervals during the last half, all leading to a climactic battle. But it's hard to build suspense when you know it is coming and you know who will win.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

March 14, 2008
James Berardinelli
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This movie isn't bad just because it follows a formula slavishly but because it does so without verve or passion.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

March 14, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Even though it's as predictable as a pro-wrestling match, what it lacks in originality it makes up for in the nervous energy of youth and testosterone.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

March 14, 2008
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Never Back Down offers extreme fighting as the modern-day alternative to sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

March 14, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A formula flick that should have tapped out in the script stage.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

March 14, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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By the time ever-noble, ever-watchable Djimon Hounsou shows up to teach earnest young Jake honor and roundhouse kicks, the power-rock and smashmouth idiocy become like a fever dream, sweaty and hard to shake off.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

March 14, 2008
Donald Munro
Miami Herald
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Director Jeff Wadlow finds a sort of nobility in the subject matter than you might not expect for a film that consists in large part of bloodthirsty mobs clamoring for violence.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 14, 2008
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