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Never Back Down Reviews

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Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
March 4, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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James Berardinelli
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
Nell Minow
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 14, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 13, 2008
Seriously, when it comes to filling your soundtrack with whiny, alt-rock ballads, you should highly consider backing down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Grierson
Screen International
July 23, 2008
A generic, violent underdog story that pays a lot of lip service to non-violence when its characters aren't busy kicking and punching the tar out of each other.
Edward Douglas
March 12, 2008
As much as Never Back Down tries to be The Fist and the Furious, it's really just a load of Raging Bullsh*t.
| Original Score: 3/10
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
March 9, 2008
The ethical nitwittery of "fight so you don't have to fight again" and invocations of The Iliad in this context brazenly transform a dumb bone-cruncher into a putridly dissembling one.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Eric D. Snider
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
Stephen Silver
The Trend
June 11, 2008
While both [this movie and "Karate Kid"] are unintentionally hilarious, the difference is no one will remember "Never Back Down" in two weeks, let alone 20 years.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 18, 2008
People that actually think the trailer looks cool will probably like the movie enough and it does have some cool fights, I just couldn't get past the fact that the movie gave you no one to root for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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
Brian Orndorf
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-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 25, 2008
Jeff Wadlow's direction is disorderly.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
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
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 14, 2008
A formula flick that should have tapped out in the script stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Cole Smithey
March 9, 2008
Yesterday's Fight Club is today's "Combat Club" in this battle of teen six-pack abs.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Orlando Parfitt
IGN Movies UK
April 4, 2008
A cliché-ridden guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
December 31, 2010
Bloody fight film has heart, but it's no champion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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