Against the Ropes - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Against the Ropes Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 3, 2004
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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
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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.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 20, 2004
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 20, 2004
A boilerplate melodrama whose good guys and bad guys are so baldly drawn they could have been conceived by Friz Freleng.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
February 20, 2004
As a boxing movie, Against the Ropes is perfunctory... As a biopic, it's likewise uninspired stuff.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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.
| Original Score: D+
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Globe and Mail
February 20, 2004
Wobbles like a punch-drunk fighter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 20, 2004
It offers lackluster fantasy propped up by cliches. Kallen's story deserves better.
| Original Score: D+
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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.
| Original Score: C
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 20, 2004
In the class of American boxing movies, it's barely a welterweight.
| 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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 19, 2004
Almost nothing about it feels drawn from real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 19, 2004
A workmanlike production that's simply too predictable and too preposterous to hold our interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
February 19, 2004
Probably won't convince many people that the girl next door is anything more than that.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
February 19, 2004
Neither very credible nor one of those beyond-belief disposables you still find affable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 19, 2004
A riotously awful biopic rife with stereotypes and boxing movie cliches.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
February 19, 2004
More business as usual, despite the feminist aspects of Kallen's story.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
February 19, 2004
No amount of movie-star twinkle could lighten screenwriter Cheryl Edwards' bizarre character arc.
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
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+
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 19, 2004
Pure fairy tale and flimflam, as phony as a fixed fight.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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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-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 17, 2004
There are cracks in the foundation, but it is nevertheless a surprisingly watchable production.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
February 17, 2004
Meg Ryan's swell, but this 'Erin Rocky-vich' inspirational story lacks punch.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 17, 2004
Every scene in this movie plays like a scene from another boxing movie.
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Chicago Reader
January 10, 2004