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Michelle Rodriguez gives a compelling performance, despite lack of a boxing background; Karyn Kusama packs a punch with this directorial debut. Read critic reviews

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Newcomer Michelle Rodriguez in an astounding performance alongside Jaime Tirelli, Paul Calderon and Santiago Douglas. Nothing comes easy for Diana Guzman, a troubled girl on the brink of womanhood. Her teachers don't understand her, her father underestimates her and her friends are few. Diana struggles to find respect and dignity every day. Diana is a quick tempered young woman who finds discipline, self-respect and love in the most unlikely place -- a boxing ring.

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  • Girlfight gets everything right: Its gritty bleak setting of a largely Hispanic Brooklyn neighborhood; the peeling walls and grimy atmosphere of the boxing gym... her bond with her sweet-natured brother and her combative relationship with her [father].

    March 25, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Its richness comes from clear, straightforward storytelling and from a production that looks, feels and sounds amazingly natural.

    March 25, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In the able and confident hands of director and writer Karyn Kusama, Girlfight becomes an unranked contender for most satisfying independent movie of the year.

    March 25, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The director and star both have unaffected styles that mesh perfectly for a movie that's uplifting and moving in a traditional Hollywood way, while also seeming as raw and unfiltered as cinéma vérité.

    March 25, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • What makes Girtfight such a chore to watch is that it isn't content to wallow in its own shamelessness.

    March 24, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • You get caught up in the story of an underdog whose fight represents the triumph of an outsider. And the movie's ragged technique only makes that struggle seem that much more authentic and pure.

    March 24, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Girlfight

  • May 07, 2012
    The acting in this was decent, and the characters were somewhat believable. I don't think the idea of her being a boxer was taken far enough, however. The fights seemed unrealistic. Not bad..not great..
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2010
    Developed in the midst of the rise in female boxing, Michelle Rodriguez puts together a nice personal project.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2009
    Michelle Rodriguez first film. Good to see a girl throw a punch every now and again.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2009
    I think this was just an excuse for Michelle Rodriguez to show how bad-ass she is. Mission accomplished =p
    Remi L Super Reviewer

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