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Girlfight Reviews

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September 16, 2014
Thought-provoking boxing drama has lots of profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 8, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 1, 2008
It gives its fine actors room to breathe and behave -- and in Michelle Rodriguez's case, glow.
April 27, 2007
For once, the advance buzz has been amply justified, thanks to an extraordinarily charismatic film debut by a non-professional named Michelle Rodriguez.
March 26, 2007
For all the violence on view, Kusama's script insists on a real, wholly unsentimental tenderness.
May 26, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 9, 2006
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.
July 21, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
December 6, 2004
It's sensitive, it avoids sentimentalism, and it wins our cheers by giving us believable characters that we care about.
Read More | Original Score: B+
May 14, 2003
A moving performance by newcomer Michelle Rodriguez showcases this moody Sundance showstopper about a Brooklyn teen who battles an age-old gender barrier.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2002
The strength of this Romeo and gym-rat story is Rodriguez's performance. She is a vivid powder keg of repressed and resurrected dreams and desires.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 15, 2002
Like a smart boxer, Girlfight knows when to be light on its feet and when to hit hard.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
June 18, 2002
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 10, 2001
A low-key, naturalistic coming-of-age drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 19, 2001
First-time writer-director Karyn Kusama makes it seem believable (the big question is, how come someone with this much talent isn't getting more opportunities in Hollywood?).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 16, 2001
One of the best films of the year.
| Original Score: 4/4
June 14, 2001
An impressive debut, an enthralling story about an urban teen finding her place in life. And that place happens to be a boxing ring.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 11, 2001
Rodriguez, taking punches as well as she dishes them out, is a champion whom women and men alike can cheer.
May 8, 2001
Rodriguez smolders with the beauty and intensity of a born star, and Kusama keeps her fearlessly on her feet with a movie that ducks no punches.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 16, 2001
In contrast to many sports movies, Girlfight highlights Diana's personal evolution outside the arena, and this attention to the human drama underlying the battle makes an age-old story seem brand-new.
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