Chuck (2017)


Critic Consensus: Chuck is hit with a handful of sports biopic clichés but ultimately punches above its weight, largely thanks to a muscular performance from Liev Schreiber.


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He was the pride of Bayonne, New Jersey, a man who went fifteen rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali, and the real life inspiration for Rocky Balboa. But before all that, Chuck Wepner (Liev Schreiber) was a liquor salesman and father with a modest prizefighting career whose life changed overnight when, in 1975, he was chosen to take on The Greatest in a highly publicized title match. It's the beginning of a wild ride through the exhilarating highs and humbling lows of sudden fame-but what happens when your fifteen minutes in the spotlight are up? Driven by a committed performance from Liev Schreiber, Chuck is a refreshingly human tale of resilience and redemption. Elisabeth Moss and Naomi Watts costar.

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Liev Schreiber
as Chuck Wepner
Jim Gaffigan
as John Stoehr
Elisabeth Moss
as Phyllis Wepner
Naomi Watts
as Linda Wepner
Pooch Hall
as Muhammed Ali
Morgan Spector
as Sylvester Stallone
Michael Rapaport
as Don Wepner
Charlie Meany
as Sport Interviewer
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Critic Reviews for Chuck

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (24)

It may not go the distance, but it's surely worth a step into the ring.

May 19, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Liev Schreiber is top-notch in the lead role in this funny, sad and warm cautionary tale.

May 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The downfall isn't as satisfying as the setup, and a sudden burst of energy associated with the introduction of cocaine actually acts to slow things down, but it's worth seeing for the performances.

May 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Liev Schreiber is outstanding as the hulking, rough-edged, amiable and charismatic Wepner.

May 12, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

...driven by a knockout lead performance from Liev Schreiber.

May 12, 2017 | Full Review…

His fall and redemption are a little too familiar to carry the movie, but there's an odd hall-of-mirrors quality to all this: prone to quoting Requiem for a Heavyweight, Wepner is transmogrified into the movies himself.

May 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chuck


An indie drama, Chuck tells the story of the real life Rocky, Chuck the "Bayonne Bleeder" Wepner. The film follows professional Philadelphia boxer Chuck Wepner who gets a shot at the heavy weight boxing championship with Muhammad Ali, and soon after learns that Hollywood has made a film inspired by the fight and his life, and becomes obsessed with the film and rides its fame. Liev Schreiber gives a really strong performance, as does Naomi Watts. And the script has a nice pace and does a good job at using a first person narrative. However, it's a little underdeveloped; not going too much into his boxing career or substance abuse issues. Also, the plot is kind of familiar; following a typical biopic formula with a rise, a fall, and a redemption. Yet despite its problems, Chuck is an interesting and cautionary tale about the dangers of reflected glory.

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