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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.
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It gives its fine actors room to breathe and behave -- and in Michelle Rodriguez's case, glow.
For once, the advance buzz has been amply justified, thanks to an extraordinarily charismatic film debut by a non-professional named Michelle Rodriguez.
For all the violence on view, Kusama's script insists on a real, wholly unsentimental tenderness.
Kusama's direction is imaginative, her attention to detail makes for credibility and clarity with regard to the dilemmas faced by her determined young heroine, and Rodriguez is quite astonishing in the lead role.
It's obvious Kusama knew what she wanted and was in control, because all the key roles and scenes are played with a uniform tone and conviction.
While it wonderfully confounds our narrative expectations as a coming-of-age story and a romantic drama, it works on another level as a great sporting experience.
Grounded in a precise, unemphatic naturalism.
Thought-provoking boxing drama has lots of profanity.
A bit of a lightweight.
While parts were new and interesting, I can't make it a recommended view.
It's a refreshingly straightforward and honest attempt, flying in the face of the rest of the product out there, which is either manipulating and dumb or tricky and arty.
It's sensitive, it avoids sentimentalism, and it wins our cheers by giving us believable characters that we care about.
The "Billy Elliot" of womens boxing movies. And heavily cliched.
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..
Developed in the midst of the rise in female boxing, Michelle Rodriguez puts together a nice personal project.
Michelle Rodriguez first film. Good to see a girl throw a punch every now and again.
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