Resurrecting the Champ (2007)



Critic Consensus: 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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some violence and brief language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Bortman, Allison Burnett, Chris Gerolmo, Rod Lurie
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 26, 2008
Box Office: $2.9M
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as Whitley

as Andrea Flak

as Perlmutter

as Marciano

as Satterfield Jr.

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Critic Reviews for Resurrecting the Champ

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (38)

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

Full Review… | August 28, 2007
Top Critic

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
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

a must see for the performances

Full Review… | September 20, 2014
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.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

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

Full Review… | August 26, 2008

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

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
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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.

Daniel Perry

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.

paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

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.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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