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Against the Ropes Reviews

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December 13, 2017
This is pulpy, unforgivable stuff, as ungainly as Ryan's walk in her black high heels.
September 9, 2010
Uninspired tale feels like a made-for-TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 28, 2008
An inoffensively average, formulaic entertainment with a marketing-problematic point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 25, 2007
It's hard to expect anyone to infuse much passion into a "by-the-numbers" boxing movie which telegraphs every punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 1, 2006
Against the Ropes may not deliver a knock-out, but it does land some pretty good blows.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 4, 2004
It's one thing to make a predictable Hollywood movie. It's another thing to make a predictable Hollywood movie based on a fascinating life.
| Original Score: 2/4
May 14, 2004
What could have been a gripping tale becomes hammy and overdone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 13, 2004
Meg Ryan is busily torpedoing any respect she might have accrued
May 11, 2004
This movie lacks any complexity. Dutton opts instead to embellish the story with boxing clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 9, 2004
Ryan's Kallen is painfully two-dimensional.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 7, 2004
Mediocre, cliché-ridden but passable entertainment that completely falls apart in the third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 23, 2004
Complicated by the ways that race, masculinity, and media shape expectations and possibilities in the boxing world.
March 4, 2004
It's an insanely ponderous and almost insulting sequence, stopping the movie cold and forcing the viewer to scratch their head in utter disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 4, 2004
The film isn't good enough for the full price.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 29, 2004
What the audience ends up with is a watered down whitewash of Kallen's life story.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
February 26, 2004
A miscast Ryan struggles with a Detroit accent and a script that goes nowhere.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
February 25, 2004
Ryan seems to be having fun, at least: she speaks with a breathy working-class accent that's part Lauren Bacall, part Teamster.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 24, 2004
What could have been a Working Girl hoot gets mired in redundant assertions of Kallen's feistiness.
February 24, 2004
Against the Ropes ... is "inspired" by Kallen's life but ultimately has as much to do with her story as Schindler's List did with the War of 1812.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
February 24, 2004
An awfully contrived and awkward "true-life" drama, film tries desperately to be a crowd-pleaser without delivering the necessary narrative punch or action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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