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Undisputed Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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Dan Fienberg
L.A. Weekly
September 26, 2002
With flashbulb editing as cover for the absence of narrative continuity, Undisputed is nearly incoherent, an excuse to get to the closing bout ... by which time it's impossible to care who wins.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 6, 2002
Hill looks to be going through the motions, beginning with the pale script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 30, 2002
Walter Hill's prison-boxing flick Undisputed could have been a great B, but it represents a failure of nerve.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 29, 2002
A shrewd and splendidly volatile B movie structured around a highly original gambit of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 27, 2002
If Hill isn't quite his generation's Don Siegel (or Robert Aldrich), it's because there's no discernible feeling beneath the chest hair; it's all bluster and cliché.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 27, 2002
I've got nobody to root for ... in a movie like this I want to root for one of the boxers in the ring.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 24, 2002
An average B-movie with no aspirations to be anything more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 23, 2002
Even by its own please-the-mob standards, this movie is lacking.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 23, 2002
So gritty it'll get under your fingernails.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
August 23, 2002
After a stretch of questionable projects like Last Man Standing and Supernova, Hill has rebounded with a boxing pic so purely pugilistic that nothing impinges on the main event.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
August 23, 2002
This is the kind of movie that gets a quick release before real contenders arrive in September.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 23, 2002
Amazingly lame.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 23, 2002
For all of Hill's effort, Undisputed still seems routine, and its hold on the audience is casual.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 23, 2002
A muscular, no-nonsense genre pic.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 23, 2002
A terrific B movie -- in fact, the best in recent memory.
| Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 23, 2002
Coy but exhilarating, with really solid performances by Ving Rhames and Wesley Snipes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 23, 2002
Undisputed isn't exactly memorable, and as far as its prison setting goes, it has nothing on HBO's infinitely more brutal Oz. But as late-summer time killers go, you could do worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 23, 2002
After a string of mediocre summer B movies like XXX and Blue Crush masquerading as big deals, it's refreshing to see an action-drama that doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 23, 2002
Walter Hill's Undisputed is like a 1940s Warner Bros. B picture, and I mean that as a compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 23, 2002
Listlessly directed and can't surmount the deja vu induced by the prison jumpsuits, tattoos, and scenes set near the community bench press.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 23, 2002
Despite creative flourishes here and there ... Undisputed is ultimately destined for one of those "guy movie" marathons on cable TV.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 23, 2002
Finally, a genre movie that delivers -- in a couple of genres, no less.
| Original Score: B+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 23, 2002
Undisputed is a brutally efficient if unsurprising prison melodrama boasting no-frills performances by Ving Rhames and Wesley Snipes.
| Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 23, 2002
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Arizona Republic
August 23, 2002
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
August 23, 2002
The only suspense comes from wondering just how loud the flesh-pounding, bone-crushing sound effects will get.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
August 22, 2002
A lean, mean, vastly entertaining fight movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
August 22, 2002
At times, the picture seems to have been edited with a blowtorch. But it gets the job done efficiently and swiftly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2002
Walter Hill's Undisputed, a boxing/prison picture as smart as it is brawny, shows what seasoned Hollywood pros can still accomplish without pretensions and overwhelming special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
August 22, 2002
Undisputed may be the best hip-hop prison boxing movie ever, though I'm hard-pressed to name another one.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
August 22, 2002
While Undisputed isn't exactly a high, it is a gripping, tidy little movie that takes Mr. Hill higher than he's been in a while.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Mike D'Angelo
Time Out
August 22, 2002
A lean, surprisingly artful programmer, closer in spirit to something like Don Siegel's Riot in Cell Block 11 than to typical boxing fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 60/100
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 22, 2002
It should have been more memorable, but at least it doesn't stumble in the ring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 22, 2002
Too slow for a younger crowd, too shallow for an older one.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
August 20, 2002
A lean and mean thriller that, no disrespect intended, is in the best B-movie tradition.
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AV Club
August 15, 2002