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Girlfight (2000)



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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A high-school senior with a fiery temper and reputation for trouble, Diana lives with her brother and single dad, Sandro, in a housing project in Red Hook. Each week Sandro pays a local trainer to put some meat and muscle on his son, but when Diana decides she, too, wants to be a boxer, he refuses. With dogged determination, Diana begins a grueling training regimen and, under the loving tutelage of her trainer, becomes the gym's first female champion. The discipline, cunning, and humility required to be a contender are the cold shower Diana needs to focus her ambitions. But when she falls in love with a promising amateur, her priorities are forced into burning focus.

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Critic Reviews for Girlfight

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (32)

It gives its fine actors room to breathe and behave -- and in Michelle Rodriguez's case, glow.

August 1, 2008 | Full Review…

For once, the advance buzz has been amply justified, thanks to an extraordinarily charismatic film debut by a non-professional named Michelle Rodriguez.

April 27, 2007 | Full Review…

For all the violence on view, Kusama's script insists on a real, wholly unsentimental tenderness.

March 26, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

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.

July 21, 2005 | Rating: B

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.

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Girlfight


The "Billy Elliot" of womens boxing movies. And heavily cliched.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

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.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Developed in the midst of the rise in female boxing, Michelle Rodriguez puts together a nice personal project.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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