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Girlfight Reviews

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.
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
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
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
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
January 1, 2000
This is On the Waterfront by way of Flashdance but without the cheesy conceits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
A crowdpleaser that never sacrifices its brain to the sucker-punch tricks of so many Hollywood films.
Read More | Original Score: A-
January 1, 2000
A near-irresistible button-pusher that's agile enough to hold a mirror to its own aspirations.
January 1, 2000
This is a very winning debut film that features a powerful central performance.
January 1, 2000
It's a fierce performance, not because Rodriguez is a seasoned actress -- she's not -- but because she brings such a magnificent, 'prove-it-to-me' snarl to the role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
[Rodriguez] and this film that respects her by rendering her and her world in unadorned realistic terms, bypassing cheap prefab myths, are twin blasts of fresh air.
January 1, 2000
Kusama scores big points in her first main event.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 1, 2000
An intelligent, gutsy debut combo from Ms. Kusama and Ms. Rodriguez.
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
January 1, 2000
One of this year's most fresh and exhilarating movies.
January 1, 2000
[Rodriguez] looks a little like Marlon Brando in his smoldering prime, and she has some of his slow, intense physicality. She doesn't so much transcend gender as redefine it.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Will please many. It's a shame it's no knockout.
January 1, 2000
Crafted and emotionally satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
There's just enough genuine grit and spirit in Girlfight to keep it from being knocked to the canvas by indie earnestness.
January 1, 2000
Treat yourself to the jolt it delivers.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
January 1, 2000
Although a combination of familiar genres, Girlfight is refreshing and surprising, the way independent movies are supposed to be.
January 1, 2000
Karyn Kusama ... has made a movie as tough-minded as its right-hooking heroine, and just as intelligent.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
A coherent picture that is at once a poignant inner-city drama, a rousing sports movie, an emotional family yarn and, above all, a sweet romance.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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
January 1, 2000
Observing Diana's growth both as a fighter (her muscles seem to pop out before our eyes) and a person is a joy.
January 1, 2000
A powerful and empathetic melodrama with feminist underpinnings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5