Southpaw

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Jake Gyllenhaal delivers an impressively committed performance, but Southpaw beats it down with a dispiriting drama that pummels viewers with genre clichés.

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Billy "The Great" Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal), the reigning junior middleweight boxing champion, has an impressive career, a loving wife and daughter, and a lavish lifestyle. However, when tragedy strikes, Billy hits rock bottom, losing his family, his house and his manager. He soon finds an unlikely savior in Tick Willis (Forest Whitaker), a former fighter who trains the city's toughest amateur boxers. With his future on the line, Hope fights to reclaim the trust of those he loves the most.

Cast & Crew

Naomie Harris
Angela Rivera
50 Cent
Jordan Mains
Rachel McAdams
Maureen Hope
Victor Ortiz
Ramone
Rita Ora
Maria Escobar
Kurt Sutter
Screenwriter
Mauro Fiore
Cinematographer
John Refoua
Film Editor
James Horner
Original Music
Derek R. Hill
Production Design
David Robinson
Costume Designer
Merissa Lombardo
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Critic Reviews for Southpaw

All Critics (237) | Top Critics (55) | Fresh (141) | Rotten (96)

  • 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.

    August 19, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 29, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Southpaw isn't content with presenting a gallery of clichéd characters. It takes the time to put flesh on the bones.

    July 26, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • I veered between being awed and appalled, though mostly the latter.

    July 24, 2015 | Full Review…
  • "Southpaw" is a tremendous accomplishment of mainstream cinematic craft, a near-perfect match of director, material and star.

    July 24, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Southpaw

  • Jan 18, 2018
    The first 45 minutes are basically Murphy's law for the protagonist: everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. But you it's also true that when you've hit rock bottom, the only way is up. What follows still isn't predictable here, but takes a lot of effort, sweat and tears. Once the film is over, you realize it played you with the conventions of the sports drama you've seen a few times before. But while you're in it, you're on the edge of the seat and feel for this deeply flawed man and his adorable daughter. That's no small feat. Director Fuqua could rely on an incredibly strong cast, especially Gyllenhaal, delivering one of the best performances of his career.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2017
    2/8/2017 - I love Gyllenhaal, he tried to hold up a shitty script. The guy loses the custody of his daughter because he has a few drinks and crashes his car?? GIVE ME A FKN BREAK!!!
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 14, 2017
    unoriginal storylines, but at least they do a great job with the character development
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2016
    Boxing movies can be tough to bring out on the screen from the paper they are written on. The tale of redemption is one as old as time when it comes to seeing someone get beat down and get back up only to find the success they lost found once again. While Jake Gyllenhaal commands the screen as Billy Hope's "came up through the system" champion with a committed performance both in physicality and emotion, most of the time, 'Southpaw' beats you so far into the mat with misery it's tough to enjoy. I was really at a loss with the 'villain' of the film played by Victor Ortiz. I don't think I've ever seen someone act like such a smart guy one minute and completely flip to idiocy the next. Hope's revenge on his character doesn't feel grounded other than the fact he said a few words to ignite those flames of passion to give us an angry man before and after Rachel McAdam's character's death. Which also by the way was poorly shot. It was almost impersonal without getting her on screen for more than 20 minutes. Most of her (and Hope's) backstory comes from exposition after the fact. The daughter I suppose was played well enough by Clare Foley, but it was more of a fake cry on cue kind of performance. The biggest issue I continue to have in THIS guy's movies, and this guy being Forest Whitaker, is his choice to either over act or mail it in. At least here, we get the former rather than the latter like in Taken 3, which means he at least put effort into the character. I don't think I have liked anything he's done since his time on The Shield almost ten years ago. The fight scenes are brutal, but actually feel more like a video game with so many punches landing rather than an exposition for an actual boxing match. The ending knockout might have even been computer generated if I caught it right. With a movie that relies heavily on its cliched genre, Southpaw suffers more from its darkness rather than its redemption into the light for our character Hope.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer

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