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Play It to the Bone Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 29, 2015
A sometimes funny boxing screwball comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 28, 2002
...Shelton's second-best idea for a boxing movie.
Full Review| Original Score: C
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
January 1, 2000
The first truly excruciating moviegoing experience of the new century.
Steve Simels
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tom Sander
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 1, 2000
A raunchy, infrequently funny, contrived, gruesome and ultimately preposterous peek inside the world of professional boxing.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
OK for laughs but less OK for emotional investment with the characters, who feel more like comic constructs than the real-feeling guys.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 1, 2000
This is no Raging Bull.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 1, 2000
Play it to the Bone is a punch-drunk lightweight.
Nick Carter
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 1, 2000
The film's slowly emerging weakness -- the thinness of the characters, particularly Harrelson's -- becomes apparent to the point of distraction.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Its resemblance to Mr. Shelton's other work makes us feel as if we've already seen the film's trailer 20 times.
Bill Pearis
January 1, 2000
A dull, predictable and painfully unfunny comedy.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
The completely predicable conclusion seems like it will never end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Harvey S. Karten
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
January 1, 2000
Suffers from a meandering, anemic screenplay and ungainly structure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Robert Koehler
January 1, 2000
The hope that Shelton would bring fresh insight to the sweet science is unfulfilled on nearly every level.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
Remember Raging Bull? This is just bull.
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Bob Thomas
Associated Press
January 1, 2000
Play It to the Bone consists largely of a seemingly endless drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
Instead of a sharp satire of a subject ripe for parody--professional boxing--we get a tedious, unfunny road movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
January 1, 2000
You go in hoping for a knockout, and all you get is a draw.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Scott Weinberg
January 1, 2000
Man, Ron Shelton sure loves sports, doesn't he?
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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