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Resurrecting the Champ Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 20, 2014
a must see for the performances
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Heather Huntington
August 26, 2008
Nothing can wrench this movie from the grip of a saccharine, formulaic script full of plattitudes and divided allegiances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 22, 2007
A two-star execution of a four-star goal, and is therefore worthy of a viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
September 11, 2007
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
| Original Score: 7/10
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
September 10, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Beth Accomando
September 2, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 6/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 31, 2007
...never becomes as compelling as it promises to be...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
August 30, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 29, 2007
Reporters also refer to what they write as "my story."
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 29, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
August 29, 2007
This is a story that anyone should be able to relate to because we all fall short of perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 29, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Tom Charity
August 28, 2007
Resurrecting the Champ is authentic in its newsroom scenes, and appropriately concerned at how entertainment value trumps diligent reporting.
Scott Gwin
August 28, 2007
A good film, even if it isn't much of a boxing flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
August 28, 2007
With his unexpectedly subtle and moving performance, Hartnett shows he can hold his own, even opposite a scene-stealing Jackson, and by showing vulnerability in scenes with his son.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
August 26, 2007
a literate story with more food for thought than competent follow-though
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pete Hammond
August 25, 2007
It's one to see, an engrossing, surprising and moving drama that will restore your faith in the power of movies to tell great human stories.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ethan Alter
Giant Magazine
August 25, 2007
It's the scrappy underdog in a season full of blockbuster heavyweights.
Top Critic
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
August 25, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
John Anderson
February 23, 2012
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 25, 2007
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