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Never Back Down Reviews

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March 19, 2008
Maybe it's just a genre picture, but scene after scene in Never Back Down displays vitality and wit. This is the year's first good-looking and fully enjoyable American movie.
March 17, 2008
When I think of tough fighters the first thing I think is Disney World. You can take so much of that place before you want to go and beat the heck out of someone.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 17, 2008
If you thought the problem with Step Up 2: The Streets was that there weren't enough kicks to the head, this virtual remake is for you.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 17, 2008
Compulsively watchable...there's always something viscerally exciting about watching kung fu fighters whaling on each other.
March 17, 2008
I laughed so much at the litany of clichés that I finally had to admit I was entertained from start to finish by this cheesy knock-off.
March 17, 2008
Pretty much all of Never Back Down is shot like an episode of Punk'd, with a soundtrack from an MTV2 playlist. Which is all perfectly appropriate and kinda fun.
March 16, 2008
proves to be a bit of a guilty pleasure
| Original Score: 2/4
March 14, 2008
You could call this "Fight Club Jr." blended with "Karate Kid Redux" and "The Fast and the Furious Again."
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
March 14, 2008
As Tennessee Williams so often intimated, there's always something to prove down south - typically one's homoerotically-charged sense of manhood.
March 14, 2008
It's a little Karate Kid, a smidge of Fight Club...a lot of The O.C. (evil boy Gigandet played an evil boy on that series), and presto: probable hit.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 14, 2008
This unlikely hybrid of The Karate Kid and Fight Club is formulaic and derivative, but sufficiently well made to work as both teen-angst melodrama and bone-rattling brawl picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 14, 2008
Towering above all is Hounsou, whose performance grants Never Back Down a measure of dignity.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
March 14, 2008
The fights are parceled out at intervals during the last half, all leading to a climactic battle. But it's hard to build suspense when you know it is coming and you know who will win.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 14, 2008
This movie isn't bad just because it follows a formula slavishly but because it does so without verve or passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 14, 2008
Even though it's as predictable as a pro-wrestling match, what it lacks in originality it makes up for in the nervous energy of youth and testosterone.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 14, 2008
Never Back Down offers extreme fighting as the modern-day alternative to sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
March 14, 2008
A formula flick that should have tapped out in the script stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 14, 2008
By the time ever-noble, ever-watchable Djimon Hounsou shows up to teach earnest young Jake honor and roundhouse kicks, the power-rock and smashmouth idiocy become like a fever dream, sweaty and hard to shake off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 14, 2008
Director Jeff Wadlow finds a sort of nobility in the subject matter than you might not expect for a film that consists in large part of bloodthirsty mobs clamoring for violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 14, 2008
Definitely better than a swift kick to the head, but it's just about as subtle.
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