The Champ Reviews

July 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.
February 29, 2020
No false attitudes, excessive expressions, nor a movement or a nuance that is not nature itself. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 14, 2019
It was, from beginning to end, a moving picture, and not a photographed play, with obvious miniatures, backdrops, and stage sets.
January 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.
January 31, 2012
A good picture, almost entirely by virtue of an inspired performance by a boy, Jackie Cooper.
January 31, 2012
A film with a lot of heart, unafraid to bare its emotions.
February 13, 2008
The film is so dated that it creaks.
February 13, 2008
King Vidor's first (and still best) version of this sentimental saga is worth seeing for the performances of Wallace Beery (who won the Oscar) as down-on-his-luck prizefigher as terrific child actor Jackie Cooper as his son.
May 2, 2006
Beery, a former vaudeville comedian and cross-dresser, is an expert at physical comedy: his drunk act isn't very realistic, but it's fun to watch.