Fighting (2009)



Critic Consensus: 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!
PG-13 (for intense fight sequences, some sexuality and brief strong language)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Channing Tatum
as Shawn MacArthur
Terrence Howard
as Harvey Boarden
Luis Guzman
as Martinez
Zulay Henao
as Zulay
Flaco Navaja
as Ray Ray
Anthony DeSando
as Christopher Anthony
Roger Gual
as Jack Dancing
Roger Guenveur Smith
as Jack Dancing
Iván Martín
as Stockbroker Jerry
Altagracia Guzmán
as Alba Guzmán
Angelic Zambrana
as Kimo's Girl
Dante Nero
as Kimo
Jim Coope
as Roommate Sal
Melody Herman
as Fine Claudette
Doug Yasuda
as Jun Seoul
Cung Le
as Dragon Le
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Critic Reviews for Fighting

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (32)

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.

Full Review… | May 14, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 4, 2009
New Yorker
Top Critic

This is a story we've seen dozens of times before.

Full Review… | April 27, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

There's an effective, unstylized authenticity to those fights. A life or death mania, which enhanced the film's credibility.

April 27, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

Fighting arrives fully charged by the charisma of its star, Channing Tatum.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

There's a better movie inside it struggling to get out.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Fighting

Two gorgeous men with their tops off. What more could you ask for? There is also a really nice story and a genuinely great film. A must see!

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

This movie was okay, I kinda liked it. The acting was just okay, and Channing Tatum is one of the great new rising stars. The concept was good, but the way they do it wasnt bad, but strange. Their were moments in the movie where Tatum would randomly run into aquantinces in the biggest city in America, WTF? In the end I enjoyed the movie, but it still was far from great.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer


An ok fighting film about the underdog on the rise. It's a well made and put together film with some good actors. However I have to say it hasn't got very good fight choreography!! Most of the fights are random brawls, cage fight style mixed disciplines....and don't last that long. There isn't a lot of build up to the fights either in terms of tension or training. Overall an ok watch but I thought Never back down was a similar plot film done much better.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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