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Play It to the Bone Reviews

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March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
A mediocre sports movie crossed with a bad road picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
This is no Raging Bull.
January 1, 2000
Lacks the pizazz of Shelton's best stuff.
January 1, 2000
This boxing movie is one of [Alan's] best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Play It to the Bone isn't going to be a contender.
January 1, 2000
The hope that Shelton would bring fresh insight to the sweet science is unfulfilled on nearly every level.
January 1, 2000
What is this, you may ask yourself, a beer commercial?
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
January 1, 2000
Play It to the Bone is wildly uneven, but the good parts outweigh the bad.
January 1, 2000
Doesn't quite have the goods.
January 1, 2000
This is still Ron Shelton in good -- not great, but good -- form here, and the rewards are plentiful.
January 1, 2000
Bone tired.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 1, 2000
Play It to the Bone consists largely of a seemingly endless drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
January 1, 2000
Dull-witted.
January 1, 2000
Play It to the Bone is surely going to be too raw for some audiences, but it does pack a punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
As empty as a Don King pay-per-view bout.
January 1, 2000
The least engrossing (non-)grudge match in memory.
January 1, 2000
Remember Raging Bull? This is just bull.
January 1, 2000
Doesn't have enough of a boxing story to occupy the running time.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 1, 2000
By the end, the fight means everything to them and virtually nothing to us.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 1, 2000
OK for laughs but less OK for emotional investment with the characters, who feel more like comic constructs than the real-feeling guys.