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Though Fighting has a likable lead performer, and the fight scenes are impressive, the paper-thin plot ultimately unravels.



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Small-town boy Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Public Enemies) knows firsthand that every day in New York City is a struggle to survive. So when scam artist Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard, Iron Man, Hustle & Flow) gives him a chance to be something more in the brutal underground world of bare-knuckle street-fighting, Shawn decides that he has something worth fighting for and puts everything on the line to win. Each knockout brings him closer to the life he?s always wanted, but also traps him in a dangerous web he can?t escape. Experience even more pounding action with this unrated version not seen in theaters!

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All Critics (129) | Top Critics (35)

  • All of this, however, is plainly just a veneer on a solidly generic punch-up movie, and it thus becomes a drag. A more cartoonish approach would probably have been more fun.

    May 17, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The tell-it-as-it-is title hardly indicates anything out of the ordinary, but this bare-knuckle boxing flick is put together with more love than you'd expect.

    May 15, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • There are no surprises here - this is a story that has been told before, many times. But Tatum gives us a glimpse of the charisma that could make him a star.

    May 15, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • You couldn't call Fighting great - at its core it is simply too cruddy - but Montiel has managed to inject it with the smell and feel of the streets that he clearly once knew well.

    May 15, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Pulver

    Top Critic
  • The film is lifted slightly by the performances of Howard and Tatum, even though the latter's mumbling delivery is more Stallone than De Niro. But even Rocky's narrative had a redemptive arc.

    May 15, 2009 | Rating: 2/5
  • The fights may not be very convincing, but the story's underdog structure is satisfying in a happy-cliché sort of way. Fighting is Rocky without the bombast, Fight Club without the daft metaphysical pretensions.

    May 4, 2009 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic

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