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Resurrecting the Champ Reviews

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John Anderson
Variety
February 23, 2012
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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
August 28, 2007
Resurrecting the Champ is authentic in its newsroom scenes, and appropriately concerned at how entertainment value trumps diligent reporting.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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.
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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-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 25, 2007
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
August 24, 2007
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.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 24, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 24, 2007
There's no rule that says a movie must have a likable character at its center, but it helps if a nonlikable central character is at least interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 24, 2007
Resurrecting the Champ is enjoyable in the moment -- But it's the complexity of Lurie's moral universe that makes it linger in the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 24, 2007
The whole thing is a mismatch from the start.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 24, 2007
...authentic isn't the word I'd use for this maudlin male weepie, a compendium of the worst clichés of sports and journalism movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 24, 2007
The thoroughly unconvincing drama Resurrecting the Champ might be based on a true story, but that doesn't mean you're going to believe a single frame of it.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
August 24, 2007
...Resurrecting delivers a heckuva story marred by some credibility problems but lands the majority of its punches via subtly powerful performances and a moving undercard of paternal connection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 24, 2007
Jackson's performance helps Resurrecting the Champ make its weight, if only by a couple of pounds.
| Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 24, 2007
...director Lurie displays discipline and finesse in telling a compelling tale that explores the tensions between fathers and sons, and then some. Lurie and Jackson have also given audiences a rare and striking portrait of homelessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News
August 24, 2007
Despite generating plenty of turmoil, Resurrecting the Champ fails to be compelling. It does, however, succeed in being implausible.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 24, 2007
Jackson disappears into his role, completely convincing, but then he usually is. What a fine actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 24, 2007
Resurrecting the Champ is a cautionary fable that every journalistic go-getter dreaming of front-page bylines would do well to heed.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Globe and Mail
August 24, 2007
The relationship between reporter and subject is always a tricky one, but in Resurrecting the Champ it's downright delusional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 23, 2007
This is at heart a story about fathers and sons and self-discovery, and on that score it's a knockout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 23, 2007
Treacle takes over in the last act, but most of this fact-based story by screenwriters Michael Bortman and Allison Burnett takes the inspirational sports drama into unexpected and morally complex territory.
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Scott Craven
Arizona Republic
August 23, 2007
Resurrecting the Champ bobs and weaves enough to avoid the usual sports clichés, but its too-earnest screenplay lays it on thick and pulls what could have been a knockout punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 23, 2007
Even if it doesn't bring the nearly dead boxing film back to life, Resurrection offers a revealing peek into reporting and the ways it can go wrong, coming from the best or most crass intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 23, 2007
The film is easy to take, though it must be said: It's almost 100 percent blather.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 23, 2007
When Resurrecting the Champ climbs off its high horse and makes itself comfortable within the contours of daily newsroom life, with its alternating languor and tension, the movie feels authentic and lived-in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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+
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
August 21, 2007
Director Rod Lurie can always find the overwrought in the mundane.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 20, 2007
It's actually not as maudlin as it sounds.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
January 22, 2007
Samuel L. Jackson knocks out a championship performance in this gritty, uplifting tale about an ex-boxer.