Chuck Reviews

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September 8, 2017
What makes the film work at all is Schreiber, one of those actors who is watchable doing just about anything, even if he does it in an ugly pornstache and an uglier plaid overcoat.
May 19, 2017
It may not go the distance, but it's surely worth a step into the ring.
May 18, 2017
Liev Schreiber is top-notch in the lead role in this funny, sad and warm cautionary tale.
May 18, 2017
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 12, 2017
Liev Schreiber is outstanding as the hulking, rough-edged, amiable and charismatic Wepner.
May 12, 2017
...driven by a knockout lead performance from Liev Schreiber.
May 11, 2017
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
Wepner's descent through a had-it-coming divorce, drugs, and prison isn't so much harrowing as just dispiriting.
May 11, 2017
Arguably, the story of a habitual loser should resonate as much as - if not more than - that of a winner. But the film keeps us at arm's length emotionally, filtering its antihero's troubles through a layer of 1970s nostalgia.
May 11, 2017
Schreiber is outstanding as the title character, a big lug who can't stay out of his own way.
Top Critic
May 11, 2017
It's a routine story, worth seeing for the galvanizing (pulverizing?) star performance by a smashing Liev Schreiber in the title role.
May 10, 2017
Thanks to its two central performances, "Chuck" is a solid contender.
May 10, 2017
Schreiber continues to sell each moment ... through the entire movie. The Chuck Wepner story is a compelling one - and the performances ensure its place as a sports movie contender.
May 8, 2017
In truth, this isn't a boxing movie at all. It's a movie about the kinds of existence in which boxing, or the swagger of boxing movies, can feel like a big deal.
Top Critic
May 5, 2017
Chuck doesn't stray far from from the underdog, just-a-lug-from-the-streets redemption arc that Rocky itself helped eternally popularize.
May 5, 2017
Chuck does nothing new, and it moves through boxing tropes like it's ticking off checkmarks, but there's an honesty to it, a fresh and messy one.
Top Critic
May 4, 2017
Falardeau does a competent job of charting Wepner's dissolution and recovery, but he doesn't mine the story for its many cruel ironies.
May 4, 2017
"Chuck" is, in certain ways, not unlike its flawed hero: a lot of personality, just enough ambition, more interested in a good time and simple insight than a lasting impression.
May 4, 2017
Schreiber's casting is fitting. He's one of the most underappreciated actors (rewatch Spotlight for an example of how damn great he can be with the tiniest gestures) playing a guy who never got enough respect.
May 3, 2017
This is a pretty good boxing picture, with credible redemption notes, but one character could be summing up the whole enterprise when she says to Chuck: "There's more to you than meets the eye. Not much. But just enough."
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