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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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Critic Reviews for Fighting

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  • 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…
  • 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

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

    Apr 27, 2009 | Full Review…
  • There's an effective, unstylized authenticity to those fights. A life or death mania, which enhanced the film's credibility.

    Apr 27, 2009
  • Fighting arrives fully charged by the charisma of its star, Channing Tatum.

    Apr 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

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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

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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

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I actually enjoyed this film. I thought by comparing this to Never Back Down would be an insult, because I enjoyed them both. Fighting delivers many brutal fight scenes that make you shiver, and even though the acting sort of fell off, I can't find myself disliking this film!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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