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Against the Ropes Reviews

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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

Sunday Times (Australia)
August 16, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
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.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 20, 2004
Given a real character to play, and one within her range, Ryan delivers a real performance, and a really likable one, in this sassy-but-not-edgy boxing picture.
| Original Score: 3/5
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
February 20, 2004
It is February, and this one is at least watchable. So go ahead and pick it up. Just don't expect it to be there when you get home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 20, 2004
Meanders until it gets to the final third of its running time, and then it catches fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 20, 2004
Against the Ropes is a rousing drama about a pioneering female boxing manager whose gift of enthusiasm is something special.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fred Topel
February 19, 2004
The great thing about sports movies is it doesn't really matter that they're all the same.
Sue Pierman
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
February 19, 2004
It's an interesting, character-driven film, the story of a woman who has a fight on her hands when it comes to her chosen career.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
February 19, 2004
Far from a championship movie, but it's fun while it lasts.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 19, 2004
Ryan is clearly enjoying herself. She adroitly maneuvers her trademark cuteness into a kind of oblivious brashness -- a curious mix of brassy and brave.
| Original Score: B-
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
February 18, 2004
Omar Epps, sporting a great physique and aggressive acting chops, opens up the ring bringing heart and drama to an intro that hadn't much more to offer than big names.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
February 17, 2004
There are cracks in the foundation, but it is nevertheless a surprisingly watchable production.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
February 17, 2004
Meg Ryan struts her stuff Erin Brockovich-style; chock-a-block with moxie and the mettle of a woman who wants more.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 14, 2004
What makes this movie truly enjoyable is the way it shows how two lost souls join together to fight the good fight.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 12, 2004
Has Erin Brockovich written all over it, mostly due to Meg Ryan's blowsy performance.... Alas, the comparison doesn't work in this film's favour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 15, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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