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Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

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59

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 120
Fresh: 71 | Rotten: 49

While sluggish in spots, Resurrecting the Champ is a sports/newsroom drama elevated by high-caliber performances by Samuel Jackson, Josh Hartnet, and Alan Alda.

47

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 19

While sluggish in spots, Resurrecting the Champ is a sports/newsroom drama elevated by high-caliber performances by Samuel Jackson, Josh Hartnet, and Alan Alda.

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Director and co-screenwriter (along with Chris Gerolmo, Allison Burnett, and Michael Bortman) Rod Lurie tells the uplifting tale of a sports writer who almost lost it all before stumbling into the story of a lifetime in this uplifting sports-themed drama starring Josh Hartnett and Samuel L. Jackson. Erik (Hartnett) is a Denver-based sports writer whose prose is dull and whose marriage is failing. Not only is Erik having a difficult time dealing with his stubborn editor Metz (Alan Alda) - who

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Michael Bortman, Allison Burnett

Feb 26, 2008

$2.9M

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All Critics (125) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (71) | Rotten (49) | DVD (9)

Resurrecting the Champ is authentic in its newsroom scenes, and appropriately concerned at how entertainment value trumps diligent reporting.

August 28, 2007 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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Despite one great performance and an intriguing setup, the work is crippled by another performance that's nowhere near great, and a storyline that makes it impossible to root for the leading man.

August 27, 2007
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Champ is a solid effort with a lot going for it, but it suggests that Lurie still isn't willing to relax and let viewers interpret his films.

August 25, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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The movie itself -- which deals (not very interestingly) with the issue of journalistic integrity and (very predictably) with father-son relationships -- doesn't pack much of a wallop.

August 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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While Resurrecting the Champ seems to be just what you expect, it's only when you've let your guard slip that you realize it's hiding something altogether more forceful in its glove.

August 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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a must see for the performances

September 20, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Resurrecting the Champ is a movie I was going to recommend. It was contrived and dopey, but it seemed like pleasant entertainment. Then came the terrible last ten minutes when it casts itself on the rancid junk heap of hokum.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Nothing can wrench this movie from the grip of a saccharine, formulaic script full of plattitudes and divided allegiances.

August 26, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com

Even though the melodrama gets ratcheted up at the end, there were plenty of moments I found myself cheering for the Champ.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

a contender that doesn't quite take a championship belt.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Resurrecting the Champ is a specialty of director Rod Lurie, a civics lecture disguised as a film.

November 1, 2007 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Success, adulation, temptation, disgrace, redemption -- it's all there, expressed mostly through the predictably non-expressive Hartnett.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

A two-star execution of a four-star goal, and is therefore worthy of a viewing.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Slow in the father-son heart to heart parts, Champ brings it all back home in the end with a great story line and saving performances by Jackson, Alda and Hatcher

September 11, 2007
Monsters and Critics

Like a championship fight, a movie is often reviewed in rounds. This being said, I think I'll go the safe route and call the film a draw.

September 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

The script and director Rod Lurie just can't get the parts to meld.

September 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

It's hard to have a genuine emotional response when the manipulative mechanics are all too strongly felt.

September 5, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Lurie's film actually works better as a study of a reporter coping with ambition and ethics as opposed to a story about Kernan and Champ or Kernan and his son.

September 2, 2007
KPBS.org

...never becomes as compelling as it promises to be...

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Everything is about winning respect versus earning it. This film earned mine. I'm glad I took a chance on it. By the look of my theater, not many others did.

August 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)

Reporters also refer to what they write as "my story."

August 29, 2007 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Towering over the entire picture is Jackson, who takes a showy role and invests it with so much humanity that it's impossible not to feel deeply for the character every step of the way.

August 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

This is a story that anyone should be able to relate to because we all fall short of perfection.

August 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Without Jackson -- and a little help from Alan Alda and Peter Coyote -- this would be another in the long line of instantly forgettable Josh Hartnett vehicles.

August 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Resurrecting the Champ

Among the movies I've most wanted to see in the last few years, Resurrecting the Champ was a real letdown. The story is supposed to be about a journalist and a boxer, and yet - for some reason - the family story is pushed to the forefront. I don't care about the man's marriage, and I don't care about his son. Tell me about the journalist and the boxer. Slow, melodramatic and cringe-worthy in places (double whammy: bad dialogue AND bad acting!), this film was not half as good as it could have been.
September 6, 2010
danperry17

Super Reviewer

This film took me to unexpected places. I figured I was in for another formula fight film, but, in spite of an awesome performance from Jackson, the film isn't really about the ex boxer at all. The meat of the film is the resurrecion of the reporter, who is trying to live with the ghost of his famous father, as he deals with not only that, but professional ethics.

The film is just a bit ambiguous about how much due dillegence he put in (or should have), but when all signs were leading to gold, I can see where you wouldn't want to stop the speeding train to question certain aspects and coincidences a bit deeper.

This story kept me in my seat and watching Jackson as the punch drunk "champ" was a wondrous view into method acting - all the little mannerisms and especially the somehow energetic shuffle that achingly told of a body that is simply unable to do and go where the brain tells it to.
January 20, 2009
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paul sandberg

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I'm not much of a Sam Jackson fan but he did a good job in this movie. Not really a sports flix, Good Story Base. Worth the buy or the Rent, Will add to my collection.
May 4, 2008
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Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Pretty good movie, I really liked it. When up-and-coming sports writer Erik Kernan saves a homeless man from a scrape with a group of rowdy college kids, he unwittingly finds himself face to face with no ordinary bum, but Champ, the one-time boxing great Bob Satterfield. What begins as a story resurrecting a once-great man turns into an incredible journey, and an opportunity for Erik to reexamine his own life, his relationship with his young son and his recently separated wife.
April 20, 2008
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