The Champ - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Champ Reviews

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Cole Smithey
December 1, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Michael Booth
Denver Post
April 1, 2007
A three-alarm, three-hanky movie of the highest order, perfect for your kids who don't get to see many truly sad films.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
January 4, 2005
Pale remake of Wally Berry classic.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
November 11, 2004
Voight is fine as boxer on a comeback, but Ricky Schroeder steals the film. I dare you not to cry!
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 27, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Victoria Alexander
February 13, 2004
I admit it. I cried.
| Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2003
Even more of a tear-jerker than the 1931 version of the same story, there is not a dry eye on the screen.
Kevin Fiddler
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
February 19, 2003
Great performance from Jon Voight and Rick Schroeder
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
August 21, 2010
Zeffirelli's inferior remake to King Vidor's 1932 classic, starring Jon Voight in the Oscar-winning role that Wallace Beery had originated, is a manipulative tear-jerking melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 7, 2008
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 24, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: C

TV Guide
April 1, 2007
The original film took 85 minutes, this one 121; the extra length has not improved the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 1, 2007
The tear-jerking is so determined and persistent that your ducts feel as if they'd been worked over with a catheter.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 29, 2006
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A pointless update of King Vidor's '30s weepie.
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
The most offputting thing about such canny, tear-stained movies as The Champ is not their na´vetÚ but their unholy sophistication. These movies don't mean to deal with the world as it really is, but as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
July 23, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 27, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
October 2, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2003
Seek out the 1931 King Vidor version.
| Original Score: 2/5
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