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Against the Ropes Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
September 9, 2010
Uninspired tale feels like a made-for-TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
December 28, 2008
An inoffensively average, formulaic entertainment with a marketing-problematic point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
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
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 1, 2006
Against the Ropes may not deliver a knock-out, but it does land some pretty good blows.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
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

Empire Magazine
May 14, 2004
What could have been a gripping tale becomes hammy and overdone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
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
Edith Alderette
San Francisco Examiner
April 9, 2004
Ryan's Kallen is painfully two-dimensional.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
April 7, 2004
Mediocre, cliché-ridden but passable entertainment that completely falls apart in the third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Cynthia Fuchs
March 23, 2004
Complicated by the ways that race, masculinity, and media shape expectations and possibilities in the boxing world.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
March 4, 2004
The film isn't good enough for the full price.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 26, 2004
A miscast Ryan struggles with a Detroit accent and a script that goes nowhere.
| Original Score: 1/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
February 24, 2004
What could have been a Working Girl hoot gets mired in redundant assertions of Kallen's feistiness.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
Angela Baldassarre
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
Don R. Lewis
Film Threat
February 24, 2004
This is just another boxing movie with few surprises and an awkward message to viewers.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
February 23, 2004
If you like boxing or know a little something about the sport, prepare to have your intelligence insulted.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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