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Undisputed (2002)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 105
Fresh: 50 | Rotten: 55

While not the deepest boxing movie out there, Undisputed is successful at hitting its aspiration of being nothing more than a genre picture.


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 13

While not the deepest boxing movie out there, Undisputed is successful at hitting its aspiration of being nothing more than a genre picture.



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Director and screenwriter Walter Hill returns to one of his favorite themes -- desperate and violent men using force to escape from an unforgiving environment -- in this action drama set behind bars. Monroe Hutchen (Wesley Snipes) was once a promising heavyweight contender until he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole at the Sweetwater maximum security prison in California. Now, Hutchen boxes behind bars, and he's become the champion of a loosely organized prison fighting


Drama, Action & Adventure

Walter Hill, David Giler

Nov 26, 2002


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All Critics (115) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (50) | Rotten (55) | DVD (14)

With flashbulb editing as cover for the absence of narrative continuity, Undisputed is nearly incoherent, an excuse to get to the closing bout ... by which time it's impossible to care who wins.

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Hill looks to be going through the motions, beginning with the pale script.

September 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Walter Hill's prison-boxing flick Undisputed could have been a great B, but it represents a failure of nerve.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source:
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A shrewd and splendidly volatile B movie structured around a highly original gambit of suspense.

August 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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If Hill isn't quite his generation's Don Siegel (or Robert Aldrich), it's because there's no discernible feeling beneath the chest hair; it's all bluster and cliché.

August 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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I've got nobody to root for ... in a movie like this I want to root for one of the boxers in the ring.

August 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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A forgettable prison boxing movie.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's dead in the water before the climax.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

[A] rock-hard, streamlined "B" movie.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A solid, efficient B movie that holds the screen masterfully for an all-too-brief 90 minutes.

March 5, 2006

As with any boxing movie or fight card, the main event doesn't come until the very end, and like too many pay-per-view packages the undercard is underwhelming.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source:

We have no idea where these characters have been, so we don't care where they're going.

September 20, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Too reliant on its already-dated "topicality" and listlessly coasting on a laundry list of prisonyard plot points.

April 6, 2004 Full Review Source:

...a B picture in an era that doesn't really allow for them.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A história se desenvolve de forma curiosa, mas a luta final deixa a desejar.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

In a better movie, we wouldn't feel compelled to choose which fighter to root for.

June 27, 2003 Full Review

"Undisputed" could have been compelling, but it ultimately plays out as a standard prison action movie.

February 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Citysearch

At 90 minutes this movie is short, but it feels much longer.

December 17, 2002 Full Review Source:

Undisputed barely rises above the ordinary, but it does combine action, prisons, and boxing, boasts a good cast, and throws in some undisguised sociopolitical commentary.

December 16, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Can best be described as Animal House with bars, a fantasy musical maximum security joint.

October 28, 2002 Full Review
Long Island Press

Writer/director Walter Hill is in his hypermasculine element here, once again able to inject some real vitality and even art into a pulpy concept that, in many other hands would be completely forgettable.

September 30, 2002
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

To be sure, this is a very thin premise, but it's remarkable how efficiently Hill layers it with suggestion and meaning.

September 9, 2002 Full Review

Undisputed is the kind of flick that could put hair on your chest and a swagger in your stride, assuming you don't actually drown in the testosterone that pours off the screen like the sweat flying from Ving Rhames's bald head.

September 6, 2002
Jam! Movies

[Hill] stretches credulity to the breaking point is in asking us to believe that there are actually two pro athletes in America who would have to stay in prison long enough that the arrangements for such a fight could be made.

September 6, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Undisputed

The Mike Tyson story this could be, Mr Chambers (Rhames) goes to jail for an accusation of rape and becomes an even bigger media typhoon than he was before. At first I didn't think much of the film to be honest, it was cliched and kinda boring really plus Rhames as 'Chambers' was an annoying character who you wanted to see beaten.

I soon discovered that my feelings towards Chambers actually fuelled my enjoyment as the film continues and Snipes character 'Monroe' comes into play. The tense build up between the two up to the obvious finale does get you going. Lets not get over excited here this is your typical 'Rocky-ish' story with all the usual characters, dialog and scenes, not original but a good beat em up when the fists fly.

The final fight is well done and you do feel the blows as Snipes and Rhames match up and sweat over each other, I'm pretty sure Rhames would win in a real fight though as he looks pretty darn solid.
December 9, 2013

Super Reviewer

A solid prison drama with strong performances by Wesley Snipes and Ving Rhames, but the film lacks in any form of human emotion or character study and just leaves a dark shell that isn't totally filled and makes you feel unsatisfied. But it's not to say it isn't well-crafted from it's director, Walter Hill. It also has one of the best boxing showdowns shown in a film since the original Rocky and Raging Bull.
August 21, 2010

Super Reviewer

Not a film that holds your attention well. Overacted, over the top on the fight sound effects, hugely energetic fighting for a heavyweight fight. You really are not missing out on anything by skipping this film.
June 19, 2010

Super Reviewer

A very solid boxing film set in prison. Almost seems to be aimed at one World heavy weight champ in the real world! The boxing scenes are done very well, but the build up isn't as good as say the better Rocky films. Not a bad effort and worth watching when it's on.
November 29, 2009

Super Reviewer

    1. Monroe Hutchens: He's a fighter, I'm a fighter, if I'm better on that day, I win. That's just the way it goes. Someday, every fighter loses. Sooner or later, somebody comes along and they got your ticket. Too old, just wasn't your day, whatever the reason is. In the end, everybody gets beaten. The most you can hope for is that you stay on top a while. Be the best.
    – Submitted by Hugo A (20 months ago)
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