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Play It to the Bone Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 29, 2015
A sometimes funny boxing screwball comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 28, 2002
...Shelton's second-best idea for a boxing movie.
Full Review| Original Score: C
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Play It to the Bone is so constrained by its formulaic plot that the movie's juicy, freewheeling dialogue feels shoehorned into a story that makes more sense mathematically than psychologically.
| Original Score: 1/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
A mediocre sports movie crossed with a bad road picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Doesn't quite have the goods.
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
Doesn't have enough of a boxing story to occupy the running time.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
This is still Ron Shelton in good -- not great, but good -- form here, and the rewards are plentiful.
Mike Kerrigan
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
The casting is brilliant.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
This should've been a labor of glove for Shelton's sharp observational wit and sports jones, but the film ultimately fails to land enough punches.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
By the end, the fight means everything to them and virtually nothing to us.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
It's a long ride.
Kellam Eanes
TNT's Rough Cut
January 1, 2000
If the slow moving pace of this movie (from the road to the ring) doesn't get to you, an annoying performance by Lolita Davidovich will.
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
A lusty story of friendship and rivalry in the ring and in affairs of the heart.
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Dull-witted.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Instead of a Raging Bull, he's created a mooing cow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
January 1, 2000
If it weren't for Next Friday, Play It to the Bone would be the worst movie of the new year.
Aileo Weinmann
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
I didn't watch Play It To The Bone - I sat through it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Bone tired.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
David Luty
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
For the first time in a Shelton sports romp, everybody loses.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
This boxing movie is one of [Alan's] best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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