Play It to the Bone - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Play It to the Bone Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 28, 2002
...Shelton's second-best idea for a boxing movie.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: C
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
Man, Ron Shelton sure loves sports, doesn't he?
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 30, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: D
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
January 1, 2000
The movie seems strained, tired, and forced.
Bob Bloom
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
Lands with the thud of a ineffective body shot, largely because Shelton's formula has worn transparently thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 29, 2015
A sometimes funny boxing screwball comedy.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Dull-witted.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Bone tired.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
The least engrossing (non-)grudge match in memory.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Lacks the pizazz of Shelton's best stuff.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 1, 2000
This is no Raging Bull.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 1, 2000
The hope that Shelton would bring fresh insight to the sweet science is unfulfilled on nearly every level.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Its resemblance to Mr. Shelton's other work makes us feel as if we've already seen the film's trailer 20 times.
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
A dud.
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