Resurrecting the Champ Reviews

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November 18, 2011
February 2, 2009
Resurrecting the Champ is a movie I was going to recommend. It was contrived and dopey, but it seemed like pleasant entertainment. Then came the terrible last ten minutes when it casts itself on the rancid junk heap of hokum.
March 3, 2008
Even though the melodrama gets ratcheted up at the end, there were plenty of moments I found myself cheering for the Champ.
February 29, 2008
a contender that doesn't quite take a championship belt.
November 1, 2007
Resurrecting the Champ is a specialty of director Rod Lurie, a civics lecture disguised as a film.
October 23, 2007
Success, adulation, temptation, disgrace, redemption -- it's all there, expressed mostly through the predictably non-expressive Hartnett.
September 6, 2007
The script and director Rod Lurie just can't get the parts to meld.
September 5, 2007
It's hard to have a genuine emotional response when the manipulative mechanics are all too strongly felt.
August 28, 2007
The highs (Samuel L. Jackson's performance) and lows (Josh Hartnett's performance and the film's semi-successful moralizing) balance out as something awfully close to a draw.
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 27, 2007
There's a brilliant story in 'Resurrecting the Champ' trying to get out, but it just isn't told properly.
August 26, 2007
Pardon me for being offended when a flick revolving around the question of journalistic ethics takes so many liberties with the truth simply to spin a tall tale designed to tug on unsuspecting heartstrings.
August 25, 2007
A feel-good wannabe, it tries hard to pull at our heartstrings but consistently falls flat.
August 25, 2007
August 24, 2007
The writers and director bury their own story and never give their audience a reason to care about their journalist's fight for redemption.
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
Hartnett just seems sullen and sneaky, and the powerhouse performances that Jackson, Alda and Paymer deliver without apparent effort underscore the weaknesses in Hartnett's characterization.
August 24, 2007
Resurrecting the Champ isn't about what it seems to be about. It also isn't about what it thinks it's about.
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.
August 24, 2007
Clumsiness follows clumsiness -- the acting, the staging, the details of the plot -- until you reach the point of cool indifference.
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