Fighting

2009

Fighting

Critics 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!

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Critic Reviews for Fighting

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (78)

  • 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)
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  • 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

    Guardian
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  • Montiel's film lands on its feet with a gripping, will-he-or-won't-he third act - it's worth the wait.

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

Audience Reviews for Fighting

  • Sep 08, 2016
    There's pretty much nothing to see other than some satisfaction for Tatum lovers. The story was thin as ice and contrived and the fight sequenced were dull as hell.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2012
    When the punches are flying it's a good film, But the acting was very wooden and it seemed they made up half the plot on the spot and it dragged every scene as long as they could.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    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.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2011
    I found this quite fun to watch. It has the usual cliches and there are moments where the plot seems to go nowhere but the acting performances are solid and the fight scenes are realistic. This could have been so much more though but unfortunately all the key ingredients to make it a hit movie seem to have been left on the cutting room floor which is a shame as it has potential but it never fulfills it.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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