A scam artist (Terrence Howard) introduces a young man (Channing Tatum) to New York's bare-knuckle street-fighting circuit.
" At every turn, Fighting is alive and unexpected. "
" By making good use of its New York setting, Montiel does bring a certain indie grit to the generic story. "
" Disarmingly entertaining. "
" Fighting arrives fully charged by the charisma of its star, Channing Tatum. "
" In a genre where too many films are all brawn and no brain, Fighting is a contender. "
" It is Tatum's performance that leads us to praise men of brute innocence. "
" The fights may not be very convincing, but the story's underdog structure is satisfying in a happy-cliche sort of way. Fighting is Rocky without the bombast, Fight Club without the daft metaphysical pretensions. "
" The tell-it-as-it-is title hardly indicates anything out of the ordinary, but this bare-knuckle boxing flick is put together with more love than you'd expect. "
" There's an effective, unstylized authenticity to those fights. A life or death mania, which enhanced the film's credibility. "
" You might expect a movie called Fighting to be a blunt, literal affair, and in the case of Dito Montiel's new film, you would not be wrong. "
" It's all footnotes, hardly any main story, and overcompensates by jacking up the violence. "
" Rock musician-turned-director Dito Montiel fails to make much of a fist with his second feature, Fighting, though he deserves points for trying to add some contemporary New York City grit. "
" The screenplay about a hunky street vendor turned underground fighter (Channing Tatum of Stop-Loss) is sloppy and false. "
" There's a better movie inside it struggling to get out. "
" This is a story we've seen dozens of times before. "
" This story of a country boy who goes to the big city and uses his brawn to make his way is so slow it's almost inert. "
" Though by no means original or especially ambitious, Fighting turns out to be a surprisingly watchable B-movie. "
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