• PG-13, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Rod Lurie
  • In Theaters:    Aug 24, 2007 Wide
  • On DVD:    Feb 26, 2008
  • Yari Film Group Releasing

Resurrecting the Champ Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 23, 2007

This is a movie about honor and integrity and reputation that itself plays fast and loose with the underlying story.

| Original Score: C-
Michael Szymanski
August 25, 2007

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009

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 | Original Score: 2.0/5
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic
August 27, 2007

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.

Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 24, 2007

Resurrecting the Champ isn't about what it seems to be about. It also isn't about what it thinks it's about.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kam Williams
August 26, 2007

Pardon me for being offended when a flick revolving around the question of journalistic ethics takes so many liberties with the truth simply to spin a tall tale designed to tug on unsuspecting heartstrings.

Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 3, 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 | Original Score: 5/10
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
Top Critic
August 23, 2007

Hardly anything feels real, but what feels even more unreal is Hartnett with a cloying, sentimental, self-pitying performance. The liveliest thing in the film is the great Jackson, slumming again in a role miles beneath him.

Brian Orndorf
August 23, 2007

The anvil-like weight of contrivance nearly sours the quality of the whole film, but there's still some story worth savoring, even if Lurie makes the audience work hard to extract it.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
August 23, 2007

Subtlety is knocked on its ass and put out for the count, though a chilling sense of white self-entitlement and ethical superiority tingles on.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 23, 2007

As the film descends into its big life-changing final scenes and unresolved family issues, things turn soggy; it's a movie with a glass jaw.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Tallerico
August 24, 2007

The writers and director bury their own story and never give their audience a reason to care about their journalist's fight for redemption.

Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
November 1, 2007

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 24, 2007

The screenplay writers have created a confused mess that travels down far too many different thematic paths.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
August 22, 2007

Speechy monologues on the responsibilities of journalism, the particular evil of infotainment, and the gooey sanctity of the bond between fathers and sons all but nullify Jackson's zesty performance.

Full Review | Original Score: D+
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
August 24, 2007

Though sensitively acted by Jackson, this solemn sermonette from Rod Lurie struggles to get off the ropes and never quite establishes its rhythm.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
Top Critic
August 24, 2007

Resurrecting the Champ is one-sided Hollywood claptrap about honesty and valor, about how the truth, sigh, can set us free -- well, some of us.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic
August 24, 2007

In Lurie's Resurrecting the Champ, about the only cliché missing is somebody barking 'Get me rewrite!' into a Bakelite pay phone.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Long
Detroit News
Top Critic
August 24, 2007

Jackson does some good work, sporting a high gasp of a voice and letting his character surface to reality smoothly, but the movie becomes too much of a morality play as it unwinds.

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
Top Critic
August 24, 2007

What is irony if not a movie whose production notes declare 'A film about truth demands authenticity' and is not authentic?

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008

Bob Mondello
Top Critic
October 18, 2008

John Anderson
Top Critic
February 23, 2012

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
August 25, 2007

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