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Against the Ropes Reviews

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February 23, 2004
Against The Ropes is the latest sucker punch that arrives in the arena of unbearable boxing sagas complete with built-in sporting cliches and forged bravado
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 23, 2004
Fails to earn credibility and it fails to engage us.
Read More | Original Score: 63/100
February 22, 2004
If Against the Ropes was a boxer, it ... would be a lightweight. The movie spends more time displaying Jackie as a publicity-hungry celebrity ... than as a boxing manager.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
February 21, 2004
squanders rich source material, opting for cliches and stock situations instead... Forget 'Raging Bull' -- this is Raging Baloney.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 21, 2004
You're on the losing end from the opening bell
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 21, 2004
"Against the Ropes" spent 6 months in release hell before finally getting plunked down in the winter doldrums. The utter mediocrity of the film tells you why.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 21, 2004
Somewhere along the way, I found myself enjoying Against the Ropes, not in spite of my better judgment, but because something in the movie defies the whole notion of better judgment altogether.
February 21, 2004
With all the platitudes flying around (and with one of the most stridently uplifting scores in memory), it's difficult to take any of Against the Ropes seriously.
February 20, 2004
Ryan's mannered toughness looks like play-acting, and she never quite convinces us she's seen the inside of a fight gym, much less that she's worthy to be Rocky in a miniskirt.
February 20, 2004
A soft, undernourished biography that plays things too safe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 20, 2004
So anemic you should probably order iron supplements with your popcorn, its plot so predictable it makes falling dominoes seem like a white-knuckle thrill ride.
February 20, 2004
A boilerplate melodrama whose good guys and bad guys are so baldly drawn they could have been conceived by Friz Freleng.
February 20, 2004
Bathos wrapped in a formulaic screenplay bolstered with cliches, not only about the boxing world but about tough women and the men who hate them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 20, 2004
Ultimately, you've seen it before, and there's no reason to see it again. Let's hope the real Jackie Kallen's life is more inspiring than this.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
February 20, 2004
By the end, everything that was initially serious about the film becomes silly and everything appealing about it turns sour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 20, 2004
Kallen's interesting story has been pulped, if not pulverized, as a Rocky rouser.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 20, 2004
One of those infamous 'based on a true story' movies in which just about everything is a lie.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 20, 2004
[F]eels like a halfhearted attempt to remake a proto-feminist B flick Roger Corman tossed off in 1968...
February 20, 2004
Offers some entertaining punches, but ultimately goes down on a split decision.
Read More | Original Score: 5/10
February 20, 2004
Pretty much one big Great White Hope cliché, with a few sports clichés mixed in for variety.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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