Reviews

Dec 8, 2020
Wallace Beery, one of the finest actors In Hollywood, plays the co-starring role with Jackie. It is a real treat for film fans to see the two together.
Dec 8, 2020
It's one of the best talkies of the year, and if you don't get many times your money's worth out of it, you'd better see a psychiatrist.
Dec 8, 2020
The Champ may be hokum. but if so it's the sort of hokum that this old world of ours loves -- and needs.
Dec 8, 2020
Was there, by any slightest chance, the tiniest bit of doubt in your mind when you heard that Wally Beery and Jackie Cooper were to be co-starred, that the picture would be a wow?
Dec 8, 2020
The MGM studio forces should be congratulated for turning out a picture, so excellent an entertainment, with so powerful a moral.
Dec 8, 2020
King Vidor has taken a frail, homely story and invested it with human and frequently throbbing touches.
Dec 8, 2020
Perhaps The Champ is the old Stella Dallas recipe for film-making, perhaps It is overstressjd in its emotion, perhaps it is slow and even dull in the opening reels but the punch of the finish is terrific.
Dec 8, 2020
A picture which might easily have become maudlin in its appeal for tears, it has been handled with a restraint that is a credit to director and players alike.
Dec 8, 2020
Despite the blatant manipulation, this movie is enjoyable, just be sure to wear your rubber boots when watching, because you'll be knee deep in sap by the time you're done with it.
Dec 8, 2020
Not a "weepie" but an emotive examination of tangled milieus.
Dec 8, 2020
Not in the history of talkies was weeping so profuse and so enjoyable as at this premiere of The Champ, a production which combines the amazing talents of little Jackie Cooper with the superb histrionics of big Wallace Beery.
Dec 8, 2020
Utterly false and thoroughly convincing, The Champ is a monument to the cinema's skill in achieving second-rate perfection.
Jul 26, 2020
...a fine premise that's employed to watchable yet entirely unspectacular effect by King Vidor...
May 23, 2020
What could've come across as schmaltz hums with the belief that what we're seeing is somehow sacred and true.
Feb 29, 2020
No false attitudes, excessive expressions, nor a movement or a nuance that is not nature itself. [Full Review in Spanish]
Jun 14, 2019
It was, from beginning to end, a moving picture, and not a photographed play, with obvious miniatures, backdrops, and stage sets.
Jan 31, 2012
This picture is a further example of clever acting saving the day, for there is little in this narrative of horse racing and pugilistic bouts that possesses much akin to originality.
Jan 31, 2012
A good picture, almost entirely by virtue of an inspired performance by a boy, Jackie Cooper.
Jan 31, 2012
A film with a lot of heart, unafraid to bare its emotions.
Feb 13, 2008
The film is so dated that it creaks.