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Resurrecting the Champ Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 28, 2007
Resurrecting the Champ is authentic in its newsroom scenes, and appropriately concerned at how entertainment value trumps diligent reporting.
August 27, 2007
Despite one great performance and an intriguing setup, the work is crippled by another performance that's nowhere near great, and a storyline that makes it impossible to root for the leading man.
August 25, 2007
Champ is a solid effort with a lot going for it, but it suggests that Lurie still isn't willing to relax and let viewers interpret his films.
Read More | Original Score: B-
August 24, 2007
The movie itself -- which deals (not very interestingly) with the issue of journalistic integrity and (very predictably) with father-son relationships -- doesn't pack much of a wallop.
August 24, 2007
While Resurrecting the Champ seems to be just what you expect, it's only when you've let your guard slip that you realize it's hiding something altogether more forceful in its glove.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 24, 2007
There's no rule that says a movie must have a likable character at its center, but it helps if a nonlikable central character is at least interesting.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 24, 2007
Resurrecting the Champ is enjoyable in the moment -- But it's the complexity of Lurie's moral universe that makes it linger in the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 24, 2007
The whole thing is a mismatch from the start.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 24, 2007
...authentic isn't the word I'd use for this maudlin male weepie, a compendium of the worst clichés of sports and journalism movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 24, 2007
What is irony if not a movie whose production notes declare 'A film about truth demands authenticity' and is not authentic?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 24, 2007
The thoroughly unconvincing drama Resurrecting the Champ might be based on a true story, but that doesn't mean you're going to believe a single frame of it.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 24, 2007
...Resurrecting delivers a heckuva story marred by some credibility problems but lands the majority of its punches via subtly powerful performances and a moving undercard of paternal connection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 24, 2007
Jackson does some good work, sporting a high gasp of a voice and letting his character surface to reality smoothly, but the movie becomes too much of a morality play as it unwinds.
August 24, 2007
In Lurie's Resurrecting the Champ, about the only cliché missing is somebody barking 'Get me rewrite!' into a Bakelite pay phone.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 24, 2007
Jackson's performance helps Resurrecting the Champ make its weight, if only by a couple of pounds.
Read More | Original Score: B-
August 24, 2007
...director Lurie displays discipline and finesse in telling a compelling tale that explores the tensions between fathers and sons, and then some. Lurie and Jackson have also given audiences a rare and striking portrait of homelessness.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 24, 2007
Despite generating plenty of turmoil, Resurrecting the Champ fails to be compelling. It does, however, succeed in being implausible.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 24, 2007
Jackson disappears into his role, completely convincing, but then he usually is. What a fine actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 24, 2007
Resurrecting the Champ is one-sided Hollywood claptrap about honesty and valor, about how the truth, sigh, can set us free -- well, some of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 24, 2007
Though sensitively acted by Jackson, this solemn sermonette from Rod Lurie struggles to get off the ropes and never quite establishes its rhythm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 24, 2007
Resurrecting the Champ is a cautionary fable that every journalistic go-getter dreaming of front-page bylines would do well to heed.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
August 24, 2007
The relationship between reporter and subject is always a tricky one, but in Resurrecting the Champ it's downright delusional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 23, 2007
This is at heart a story about fathers and sons and self-discovery, and on that score it's a knockout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 23, 2007
Treacle takes over in the last act, but most of this fact-based story by screenwriters Michael Bortman and Allison Burnett takes the inspirational sports drama into unexpected and morally complex territory.
August 23, 2007
Resurrecting the Champ bobs and weaves enough to avoid the usual sports clichés, but its too-earnest screenplay lays it on thick and pulls what could have been a knockout punch.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 23, 2007
Hardly anything feels real, but what feels even more unreal is Hartnett with a cloying, sentimental, self-pitying performance. The liveliest thing in the film is the great Jackson, slumming again in a role miles beneath him.
August 23, 2007
Even if it doesn't bring the nearly dead boxing film back to life, Resurrection offers a revealing peek into reporting and the ways it can go wrong, coming from the best or most crass intentions.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 23, 2007
The film is easy to take, though it must be said: It's almost 100 percent blather.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 23, 2007
When Resurrecting the Champ climbs off its high horse and makes itself comfortable within the contours of daily newsroom life, with its alternating languor and tension, the movie feels authentic and lived-in.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 22, 2007
Speechy monologues on the responsibilities of journalism, the particular evil of infotainment, and the gooey sanctity of the bond between fathers and sons all but nullify Jackson's zesty performance.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
August 21, 2007
Director Rod Lurie can always find the overwrought in the mundane.
August 20, 2007
It's actually not as maudlin as it sounds.
January 22, 2007
Samuel L. Jackson knocks out a championship performance in this gritty, uplifting tale about an ex-boxer.