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

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Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum) barely makes a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets of New York. But he has a natural talent for street fighting, which con-man Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard) wants to put to good use. Forming an uneasy alliance with Boarden, Shawn becomes top dog in the bare-knuckle-brawl circuit, taking down pro boxers, martial artists and ultimate fighters one by one. Shawn wants out of this dark world, but he faces the fight of his life to get there.

Cast & Crew

Channing Tatum
Shawn MacArthur
Terrence Howard
Harvey Boarden
Zulay Henao
Zulay Velez
Brian White
Evan Hailey
Anthony DeSando
Christopher Anthony
Jermel Wilson
Man in a Cowhide Suit
Dito Montiel
Screenwriter
Robert Munich
Screenwriter
Andrew Rona
Executive Producer
Stefan Czapsky
Cinematographer
Saar Klein
Film Editor
David Wittman
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Critic Reviews for Fighting

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    November 16, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • Call a movie Fighting, you expect action. Only include shots of Channing Tatum shirtless in the trailer, you expect to see half-naked Tatum. Fighting doesn't deliver either.

    August 14, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • 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…

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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