Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Girlfight
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.
Audience Reviews for Girlfight
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.
|Adrian:||Why do you train with Hector?|
|Diana:||You mean at all?|
|Diana:||Because I want to.|
|Adrian:||Aren't you afraid of gettin' hurt?|
|Diana:||What, and you're not?|
|Adrian:||No, it's just - It's a dangerous sport.|
|Diana:||I didn't make the cheerleading team.|
|Veronica:||I didn't do nothing!|
|Diana:||Except be your stinky stanky self!|