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Against the Ropes Reviews

February 26, 2004
A miscast Ryan struggles with a Detroit accent and a script that goes nowhere.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
February 24, 2004
What could have been a Working Girl hoot gets mired in redundant assertions of Kallen's feistiness.
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 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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 20, 2004
Gives Meg Ryan lots to do -- if, by lots, you mean wear a different trashy outfit in every scene, talk tough and follow a character arc which requires only that she learn a trite lesson.
February 20, 2004
This lethargic, pseudo-feminist biopic is barely a notch above a bad TV movie, with one-dimensional characters, cliché-ridden dialogue and fight scenes that are badly choreographed and edited.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 20, 2004
As a boxing movie, Against the Ropes is perfunctory... As a biopic, it's likewise uninspired stuff.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 20, 2004
A cliché-ridden, condescending and ham-handed film that clumsily fails to bring to life what should be an interesting story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 20, 2004
It's hard to buy this minor melding of Rocky and Erin Brockovich as anything but a punched-up star vehicle for an actress in a slump.
Read More | Original Score: D+
Top Critic
February 20, 2004
Wobbles like a punch-drunk fighter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 20, 2004
It offers lackluster fantasy propped up by cliches. Kallen's story deserves better.
Read More | Original Score: D+
February 20, 2004
Unlike Rocky and other cornball boxing movies, this one fails to land the knockout blow and winds up dispensing love taps in a hardboiled business.
Read More | Original Score: C
February 20, 2004
In the class of American boxing movies, it's barely a welterweight.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
February 20, 2004
Written by Cheryl Edwards, Kallen's story is pumped with artificial sweeteners, hokey inevitabilities, and denaturing oversimplifications.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 19, 2004
While Ryan's performance has the proper blend of confidence and cleavage, the movie succeeds only in producing more fight flick cliches than a Rocky movie marathon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 19, 2004
Still Oscar-less, Ryan obviously sees Jackie as her blue-collar scrapper in the Brockovich-Norma Rae mold. What she delivers is very different -- an unwittingly patronizing Great Blond Hope.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 19, 2004
Almost nothing about it feels drawn from real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 19, 2004
A workmanlike production that's simply too predictable and too preposterous to hold our interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 19, 2004
Far from a championship movie, but it's fun while it lasts.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 19, 2004
Probably won't convince many people that the girl next door is anything more than that.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 19, 2004
Neither very credible nor one of those beyond-belief disposables you still find affable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 19, 2004
A riotously awful biopic rife with stereotypes and boxing movie cliches.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 19, 2004
More business as usual, despite the feminist aspects of Kallen's story.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 19, 2004
No amount of movie-star twinkle could lighten screenwriter Cheryl Edwards' bizarre character arc.
February 19, 2004
What [Ryan] appears to be doing is an impression of Johnny Depp doing an impression of Keith Richards doing an impression of Liz Taylor.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
February 19, 2004
Pure fairy tale and flimflam, as phony as a fixed fight.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: B-
February 17, 2004
There are cracks in the foundation, but it is nevertheless a surprisingly watchable production.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2004
Meg Ryan's swell, but this 'Erin Rocky-vich' inspirational story lacks punch.
February 17, 2004
Every scene in this movie plays like a scene from another boxing movie.