Southpaw Reviews

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August 19, 2015
Gyllenhaal brings every ounce of his physical self to the role, but rippling muscles and a mashed-up face don't really constitute a performance. It's not quite his fault that Billy is such a maddening character.
July 29, 2015
The modicum of pleasure delivered by "Southpaw" arrives thanks to its cast, who struggle bravely and energetically with the hopelessly bland text and the invisible, impersonal direction.
July 26, 2015
Southpaw isn't content with presenting a gallery of clichéd characters. It takes the time to put flesh on the bones.
July 24, 2015
I veered between being awed and appalled, though mostly the latter.
July 24, 2015
"Southpaw" is a tremendous accomplishment of mainstream cinematic craft, a near-perfect match of director, material and star.
July 24, 2015
Perhaps overly keen to emulate his hero's turn in Raging Bull, Gyllenhaal puts too much faith in the idea that size matters.
July 24, 2015
When you look past Fuqua's jittery directing, which dices up shots and leans the camera close into its star's painstakingly battered mug, Southpaw is a melange of familiar fighter movie ideas and images going back to Rocky.
July 24, 2015
Just as director Antoine Fuqua starts to close in on something interesting and unexpected, he retreats to the safety of his corner and gives us what we've seen too many times before: a predictable flurry of melodramatic jabs.
July 24, 2015
Even when we're aware our emotions are being manipulated, we're rooting hard for Billy Hope to beat the odds and climb the mountain, because have you seen how movie-adorable his daughter is? Don't they deserve some happiness?
July 24, 2015
It's Gyllenhaal -- physically ferocious yet tenderly forlorn -- who sells the movie, putting both the beast and the heartbeat within on full display.
July 24, 2015
The trouble with how hard Gyllenhaal goes in Southpaw is that he's in the service of weak material, so you notice the effort.
July 24, 2015
Despite its supposedly hard-hitting veneer, the film never goes out on a limb when it counts.
July 24, 2015
What this movie really is at heart is just a good-natured, perfectly decent, meat-and-potatoes palooka.
July 24, 2015
In the end "Southpaw" knocks itself to the mat.
July 24, 2015
Like a first-round knockout, Southpaw gets the job done, but it's all just a bit anticlimactic.
July 24, 2015
The melodrama is uncomfortably high; the checked-box plot is manipulative.
July 23, 2015
The film is set up like a straightforward redemption story, but what makes Southpaw interesting is the complexity of Hope's character -- thanks to Gyllenhaal's exceptional performance.
July 23, 2015
Jake Gyllenhaal looks the part. Bulked up and tracked with scars; leaking blood and woozily losing focus; lines slurred in a bleary method-acting mumble, he's wholly convincing as Billy Hope, the reigning light heavyweight champion of the world.
July 23, 2015
"Southpaw" is proof of contrivance's clout, but there is a limit to what it can do.
July 23, 2015
Gyllenhaal gives his all, but he can't make this one a winner.
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