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Girlfight Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Relies on the performance of Rodriguez to carry it, and the inexperienced actress mistakes a constant glower for depth.
August 1, 2008
A bit of a lightweight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Another mediocre Sundance winner that, thanks to an inordinate amount of hype and publicity, now seems far too big for its britches.
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
While parts were new and interesting, I can't make it a recommended view.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
January 1, 2000
Prime proof of the overhype machine at work.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
The script is significantly underdeveloped and the director sets a lethargic pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
[Rodriguez'] performance is an amateur triumph, but the same can't really be said for the film, which doesn't know what to do with Diana's unruliness except to channel it into a feminist fable of empowerment.
Ray Greene
January 1, 2000
Despite the promise of Kusama's debut and the voguish nature of its politics, Girlfight ultimately plays like a hedged bet, rather than the knockout punch it has been taken to be.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
January 1, 2000
Diana's victories in Girlfight ultimately ring hollow, and it's artificial and nauseating to watch Adrian transform from a hopeful contender to a limp dishrag.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
January 1, 2000
It'll be well worth a rental when it comes out on video.
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Dave McCoy
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
It's a one-note concept -- a girl rather than boy as young boxer -- that sadly never bothers to examine much beyond its premise.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
The script is pure Rocky but the style is Girlz n' the Hood, and the two don't ever mesh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media
September 16, 2014
Thought-provoking boxing drama has lots of profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Rodriguez, a newcomer, seems to have a natural affinity for the camera. Her Diana hungers, she cares, she is easily wounded and quick to defend herself, and all of those qualities are simply there every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Crafted and emotionally satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric D. Snider
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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
While Kusama champions masculinity in women, she offsets it with a range of gender identities and a keen sense of milieu.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Rodriguez is such a scrappy charmer, she carries this picture entirely on her muscled shoulders.
| Original Score: 3.5/5

News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
January 1, 2000

Irish Times
September 7, 2001

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008
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