Grudge Match Reviews

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January 8, 2020
Grudge Match pulls no punches. A trip down memory lane for many of us, a fun-filled often tongue-in-cheek nod to cinema legends, it wins every round. Ding, Ding!
December 18, 2019
Muhammad Ali may have had the ability to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, but 2013's Grudge Match can do no more than stumble around like a cockroach that's taken a direct hit from a can of Raid.
August 29, 2019
A lackluster gimmick, an instantly forgettable malaise cashing in on preceding run-of-the-mill sports folklore.
June 8, 2019
Equivalent to finding an old Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots in the attic, gripping the dust-covered handles and rockin' 'n' sockin' for a whole two hours before re-boxing it up for good.
March 7, 2019
Too unfocused to be memorable but not so boring as to be considered a complete waste, Grudge Match is far from the essential sports flicks its actors have starred in, but it's watchable nonetheless.
December 11, 2018
I don't want to sound like some butthurt feminist here, but if a Mike Tyson cameo is the least misogynistic part of your movie, you have a problem.
November 29, 2017
Grudge Match becomes less a celebration of the real and fictional characters from boxing past (La Motta was a real person) and more a critique of society's bloodlust.
November 29, 2017
A botched high-concept premise, Grudge Match wallows in the sentimentality that seems to be an integral part of too many boxing movies.
November 17, 2017
[The] emotional angle in the film allows Stallone to deliver some surprisingly effective emotional monologues.
March 7, 2017
Somewhat formulaic, but a lot of fun regardless.
June 21, 2016
A story that's so on-the-nose that it appears to be following some predetermined rubric of what constitutes success for a sports comeback flick.
May 12, 2014
"(Not only) is this sports comedy poorly timed, it has more than just a whiff of desperation, both on the part of its remaining cast and the filmmaker."
April 9, 2014
Grudge Match certainly has enough successful elements to be moderately entertaining, although it's hard not to wish it contained fewer distractions.
April 8, 2014
If you're from my generation, it's worth checking out for the nostalgia factor, even if much of the film will be lost on the younger generation.
April 7, 2014
I do have to marvel at the way Stallone has always been able to make himself the underdog. This is a massive monster of a man who should by any account be the Goliath to any movie's David, yet he's always able to play vulnerable.
February 28, 2014
Grudge Match is one of those ideas that works as a passing joke rather than an actual film, but the film's brazenness is admirable, and it is possible to have a good time with it. Just make sure your expectations are suitably lowered first.
February 14, 2014
This film is clearly designed as a comedy as opposed to a drama. A few jokes will put a smile on your face but there's not enough to warrant a "must see" recommendation.
February 13, 2014
Two old guys get into the ring and start punching each other. Whoever the winner is, it sure ain't cinema.
February 13, 2014
Predictable 'oldie' jokes about mobility scooters, farts and 'moobs' abound in a film that can't decide if it's a low-denominator, wobbly-kneed comedy or a hotdog-for-brains version of The Wrestler.
February 7, 2014
It's wise not to underestimate the sheer guilt-plated fun of watching these two old pros from different sides of the acting spectrum verbally and physically spar with one another while hauling their geriatric carcasses around a ring.
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