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Knockout (2011)

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Dan Barnes (Steve Austin) is a former pro boxer who retired after growing weary of his violent existence. Now a school janitor, Dan tries to help a new student, Matthew Miller (Daniel Magder), who is being targeted by bullies. While Matthew learns how to box and stand up to his tormentors, one of whom is the school boxing champ (Jaren Brandt Bartlett), Dan's new found role as a teacher helps him come to terms with his tumultuous past.

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Cast

Daniel Magder
as Matthew Miller
Jaren Brandt Bartlett
as Hector Torres
Scott Hylands
as Grandfather Charlie
Janet Kidder
as Christine
Benjamin Ratner
as Mr. Doyle
Bronwen Smith
as Mrs. Nasher
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Critic Reviews for Knockout

All Critics (2)

Feel-good boxing tale, but frequent bullying and taunting.

Full Review… | January 24, 2013
Common Sense Media

Lacks a great deal of innovation, but it retains an impressive reservoir of charisma to help squeak it through the rough patches, making for an atypically pleasant picture from star Steve Austin.

Full Review… | May 1, 2011
BrianOrndorf.com

Audience Reviews for Knockout

½

Knockout is boring and cliche. It is Karate Kid meets a boxing ring, but the only difference is that it is horrible.

Josh Moquin
Josh Moquin

We all know that WWE isn't in movies for the Blockbuster films it releases. WWE though does release some great family fun movies and I appreciate that about them. Movies used to be simple at one time, you could pretty much predict the movie from the beginning to end (and while they are not typically what I enjoy as a child it's fun or with family it's fun) and that's basically what Knockout was. You knew what would happen from the very get-go and there wasn't a part of this movie that I didn't predict. It was the typical bullied boy rising up against the bullies in which he strived for respect. It wasn't about winning or losing, but, about standing up for yourself, believing in yourself, and knowing that as long as you do your best in life you'll be self-satisfied and respected by others. WWE nailed those morals in this family-friendly movie where Steve Austin stars as Dan Barnes the school Janitor that trains the bullied nerd to be a respected boxer by the end of the movie. Austin did a good job at acting, in my opinion, in terms of WWE Superstars he's the best actor that came out of them along side Dwayne Johnson. The main character for no one I've heard of before played a fine role and while some of the others were lackluster actors and pretty cheesy in general, it was what I expected, and to me scores an average expected rating. It's a movie that you watch with your family and children, has some good morals, and some fair acting but not so in depth that it loses the young ones. It's enjoyable and I appreciated it not for being a great amazing movie but for being what it was meant to be as it did achieve that.

Bobby Hobbs
Bobby Hobbs

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Despite the unfortunate factor that it was a low budget made for tv type of movie feel...this movie delivers that lesson that never fails...the bully should never win.Enter a new student into a school Matthew Miller (Daniel Madger) that is trying to blend in with the other students, when he attempts to do so , He meets two loyal ones and two disrespectful ones that bully him with no mercy. Enter the guiding eye of Dan Barnes (Steve Austin) that used to be a pro boxer catching the sight of the new student being bullied from time to time...Dan becomes a tutor to Matthew until Matthew decides to get unauthorized consent for after class boxing lessons...so he can defend himself...from further being bullied. When he decides to enroll into a boxing class...he notices that his nemeses is also in the same class. This movie will take you on a journey to show you that you can achieve your goals if you don't give up. See this...it is true a good spirit of a movie!

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