Southpaw Reviews

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July 23, 2015
Gyllenhaal gives his all, but he can't make this one a winner.
July 23, 2015
As for the in-the-ring bob, weave, clash, clutch? Well, those disappointed by May's impossibly hyped Mayweather-Pacquiao bout should enjoy the care director Fuqua takes in delivering the sweet science to the big screen.
July 23, 2015
Southpaw asks both too much of Gyllenhaal and not enough - he's being forced to build a whole character out of scraps, sawdust, and horrendous clichés.
Top Critic
July 23, 2015
Every plot turn is as telegraphed as a tomato can's jab. I didn't care: Enough of it felt earned to me that Southpaw wins on points.
July 23, 2015
Call him "Joltin' Jake" Gyllenhaal, because the actor adds needed presence and punch to the melodrama of Southpaw.
July 23, 2015
I wish I could say "Southpaw" was a knockout, or even a contender, that it went the distance or scored on points. But it's strictly an undercard bout, displaying enough heart and skill to keep the paying customers from getting too restless.
July 23, 2015
What keeps this cornball business from getting out of hand is the commitment of Gyllenhaal, whose performance is fierce and muscular, in and out of the ring.
July 23, 2015
You have to admire a fight picture in which the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat both arrive outside the ring.
July 23, 2015
It's a win for Mr. Gyllenhaal, while the movie loses out to its clichés.
July 23, 2015
This is a genre with especially sturdy bones, and when "Southpaw" connects, which is more often than you might expect, you feel it down to your toes.
July 23, 2015
Although "Southpaw" has some punch, it's not exactly coming from left field.
July 23, 2015
"Southpaw" is all about the fist. There's no delicate footwork here, no lingering grace notes. It's a film played entirely in power chords.
July 23, 2015
This isn't great cinema, but it's satisfying movie-making, with nothing more on its mind than telling a heart-tugging story.
July 23, 2015
Watchable in its first act but then increasingly dull and overwrought, fudging the idea of whether the audience should get behind its "redemption-revenge" motivation.
July 23, 2015
"Southpaw" may be rote, predictable and mawkish, but none of those faults lie in its star. Even when he looks like an unholy mess, he transcends the movie he's in.
July 23, 2015
The script may have hamburger for brains, but Fuqua slams it home with the help of actors who give their all - even when giving a little less might have made things more interesting.
July 23, 2015
a retro, in-your-face fight drama that dribbles into sappiness. Much, though far from all, is redeemed by Gyllenhaal's virtuoso performance.
Top Critic
July 23, 2015
All of Gyllenhaal's discipline and drive is misdirected; it's wasted energy, a cinematic rope-a-dope.
July 23, 2015
It brings back every stale genre convention you can think of, then hopes you won't recognize predictability pumped up with swearing and steroids and an Eminem song during the training montage.
July 23, 2015
"Southpaw" enters the long filmography of boxing flicks, and puts up a surprisingly good fight.
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