Resurrecting the Champ Reviews

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November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
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.
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.
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
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.
August 24, 2007
The whole thing is a mismatch from the start.
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.
August 24, 2007
What is irony if not a movie whose production notes declare 'A film about truth demands authenticity' and is not authentic?
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.
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.
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.
August 24, 2007
Jackson's performance helps Resurrecting the Champ make its weight, if only by a couple of pounds.
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.
August 24, 2007
Despite generating plenty of turmoil, Resurrecting the Champ fails to be compelling. It does, however, succeed in being implausible.
August 24, 2007
Jackson disappears into his role, completely convincing, but then he usually is. What a fine actor.
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