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Never Back Down Reviews

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March 14, 2008
A pulpy piece of formulaic genre entertainment that couches its nonviolent message in a series of over-the-top, sweaty smack-downs designed to please YouTube's Backyard Brawl Bunch.
March 14, 2008
If Mystery Science Theater 3000 ever makes a comeback, I've got its first movie. A soulless blend of bad action, bad acting and worse writing, Never Back Down is tolerable only if merciless wisecrackers are offering commentary.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
March 14, 2008
The story does have its moments, but for the most part it's a paint-by-the-numbers affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 14, 2008
Mr. Miyagi would not be pleased.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 14, 2008
Remember in the '80s when they used to make all those stupid fight movies? Never Back Down is just like that. I was in the mood for a stupid '80s fight movie where fights happen just because we want to see fights.
March 14, 2008
Jeff Wadlow directed this exploitation flick, which seems designed for students on spring break.
March 14, 2008
Tyler does not live on planet Earth, but planet Hollywood formula, where the storm clouds of Fight Club hang over the once charming but now seedy landscape of The Karate Kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 14, 2008
The movie is just a cheesy, preposterous, semi-eroticized way of yelling, 'Fight! Fight!,' when two people go at it in the school cafeteria.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 14, 2008
This film's Achilles' heel is its brain.
Read More | Original Score: D
March 14, 2008
With its thin characters and derivative plot, the finished product seems more like a marketing concept than an actual film.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
March 14, 2008
Fetishised footage of taut, muscular young men grappling with and pounding on each other. All I could think was, "Oh, go ahead. Back down. We'll all be happier."
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 14, 2008
...the plot is practically a remake of The Karate Kid. That may be sufficiently long ago that the target audience of teens won't notice, but it's pretty blatant.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 14, 2008
The human body can't do or withstand the things this movie claims it can, and one can only hope that pic's probable success doesn't trigger a dramatic rise in schoolyard body-slams, arm locks and chokeholds.
March 14, 2008
At its core Never Back Down is just another teen exploitation movie, but middle-age viewers who wander into the theater might get the same giddy rush as the kids.
March 14, 2008
Speaking as someone who approached Never Back Down with curiosity and hope rather than a sense of obligation, I implore you to stay away.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
March 14, 2008
If you combined The Karate Kid with Fight Club, then threw in a dash of The O.C. and You Got Served then beat it with a stick until it was really stupid, you'd have something twice as smart as Never Back Down.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 13, 2008
Gigandet chews up the scenery like he is a gigantic, post-apocalyptic termite bent on destruction.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
March 13, 2008
Director Jeff Wadlow and screenwriter Chris Hauty offer viewers nothing that they can't see done better on Spike TV or one of the ESPN clones.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 13, 2008
Imagine if Fight Club impregnated Step Up. Their bastard child would be Never Back Down.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
March 13, 2008
Never Back Down is a tired, asinine attempt to piggyback on a fight club subculture and it does wonders to make MMA seem like the most idiotic undertaking in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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