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But all of Gyllenhaals discipline and drive is misdirected; its wasted energy, a cinematic rope a dope.
Boxing isnt a sport of surprises. Its not about who can throw the most original punch or dodge in a brand new fashion. Like so many sports, its about ..
The punishment the movie doles out is unceasing.50 Cent has the straight ahead credibility of a businessman; he doesnt editorialize.
Its why we mistake drastic weight fluctuations and Method stunts for a great performance.
The sharp performances and committed cinematography elevate this stock drama to something beyond routine.
Southpaw even features a hard driving hip hop soundtrack that meshes perfectly with jump roping scenes and footwork and punching practice shot beautif ..
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Though laden with cliches, it is consistently hard hitting and never loses plot.
In the end, Southpaw clicks all its moving pieces into place, even if it is housed in a familiar structure.
Thats also often true of the film, which repeatedly stumbles into hackneyed territory but finds its footing during its inevitable final showdown, whic ..
He has bulked up tremendously and wears the characters grief like a sweaty robe.
The drama is aggressively bulked up like Jake Gyllenhaal himself in the lead, who shows none of the live wire charisma he had in Nightcrawler; here he ..
The boxing movie is the ultimate temptation for screen actors keen to prove their macho mettle.
The resulting storyline is under cooked in terms of character development and predictable enough that it teeters on parody at times (due to its self s ..
Boxings relevance as a subject for visceral drama and allegory in cinema lasted all of four years, from Sylvester Stallone using the sport as a metaph ..
Its a boxing movie that hits most of the stations of the boxing genre the cruelty of the business, the devotion of the trainer, and the ring as the cr ..
But its also neither a good movie, nor an entertaining one and given the legacy of boxing films, its hard to recommend.
Southpaw may be rote, predictable and mawkish, but none of those faults lie in its star.
But if its true, it also explains why this is not just a testosterone soaked tale of triumph through violence.
Like the left handed punch Tick teaches Billy to save up for the right moment, Whitaker makes the movie bounce back a bit.
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The audience spends a fair amount of time watching this one man absorb punishmentand, with Southpaw clocking in north of two hours, that means we watc ..
If someone anyone had devoted equivalent stamina to the screenplay, we might have an actual movie on our hands.
A bland middling boxing drama..Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz A bland middling boxing drama that knocked me silly with all its conventional blows.
Those performances elevate material thats already serious and thoughtful.
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 th ..
This old fashioned story is told well enough without much distinction.
This old fashioned story is told well enough without much distinction.
All in all, this is an exceedingly well packaged melodrama, which manages to hit all the classic boxing movie beats without coming off as a ROCKY clon ..
What Southpaw fails to showcase is any technique in its skillset worth calling its own.
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In that brief moment, it offers a viscerally engaging portrait of masculine belligerence driven to its hardiest extremes.
The melodrama is uncomfortably high; the checked box plot is manipulative.
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Instead of a lot of dialogue, the character is a study in emotional extremes.
Again, hats off to the actors and editor John Refoua who make this old chicken soup exciting to watch.
The story is straight up and honest, with no gimmicky surprises at the end.This is a genre movie that has a lot in common with Rocky (another one from ..
Tears of the Sun is a mess, plain and simple.Clearly its been designed to educate clueless Americans about a terrible situation, but surely there coul ..
Though its plot is a violent fairy tale, the one thing about Southpaw thats said to be authentic is the way its boxing matches are conceived and photo ..
Theres upping the dramatic stakes, and then theres this.This isnt to suggest that the movies dramatic setup is wrong at face value.
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Tragedy then strikes (and it hits hard on an emotional scale considering the buildup and performances before that), and the fighter endures a fall fro ..
McAdams is breezy and believable even in this stock protective wife role.
Yet look beyond the compelling performance and the blood and sweat stained canvas and you see the cliche ridden screenplay and ploddingly predictable ..
Unfortunately, while such simplicity triggers visceral reactions, Southpaw cant eye bulge its way past a disappointing script thats mostly about recyc ..
Maybe itll be for Southpaw, a retro, in your face fight drama that dribbles into sappiness.
Hes a spectacular sight, all pulsing veins and popping pecs, topped by a terrific snarl.
Violence and sentimentality dance in the ring, and the audience leaves satisfied, if not exactly surprised.
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If youve seen them enough times, you can spot them coming from a mile away.
The Young Folks
Screenwriter Kurt Sutter ultimately falls prey to too many genre cliches, but you have to admire a fight picture in which the thrill of victory and th ..
Thats as deep as this movie gets.Its as subtle as a punch to the face, which is the way of director Antoine Fuqua.
The concept album that is Arethas Gold follows the chronology of Aretha Franklins hits, all released in 1967 and 1968, apex years of the decade not ju ..
Southpaw isnt remotely original but it still provides rousing enough entertainment for fight fans.
But the best of the boxing movies do more than satisfy our desire for the tried and true.
What happens when a fine actor is terribly miscast.Its like pushing a dancer into a minefield.
Remove the swearing, the blood, the Eminem songs and the people of color from Southpaw, and you basically have the most popular boxing movie of 1935.D ..
Its a solid if strenuous piece of acting, one that never lets us forget every ounce of effort that went into achieving it.
Weve seen this story so many times before, but rarely with such a lack of appreciation for just how unheroic someone like Billy actually is.
There may be no prizes for guessing how things turn out for Hope, but the role certainly allows its star to triumph.
Superb editing makes the championship fight thrilling and edge of seat material.Its a rousing conclusion to an affecting film that leaves us inspired, ..
Urban Cine File
Essentially just a down and dirty variation on that classic pugilistic tearjerker The Champ...despite its hardboiled exterior, the movie still wallows ..
One Guys Opinion
Billy Hope overpowers a standard script, punching you in the gut at times, and finally lifting you up.It might be a bit too early to be pitting this o ..
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Southpaw is a mawkish mess, a string of cliches masquerading as a script.
With movies and TV inching ever closer to the meta singularity that will render all earnestness extinct, a film that doubles down on performance and d ..
And as is often the case with recycling, its hard to distinguish it from a bag of garbage.
New York Post
Its a brutal performance in a film that sometimes looks more like a music video.
Susan Grangers review of Southpaw (The Weinstein Company) At the Cannes Film Festival, Harvey Weinstein publicly predicted that Jake Gyllenhaal (Night ..
If this movie connects with audiences, of course it does so first and foremost as a visual and visceral spectacle, an old school inspirational yarn ab ..
It is frustrating that some loose plot threads are brushed off, so that we can wallow in Hopes hopelessness as long as possible, and there is no real ..
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Devastated and despondent, Billy never recovers, but dropping out doesnt seem to be an option.The dead end sadness of the fight game is that once a ch ..
Its all there.Southpaw has so many layers of cheese it legally qualifies as a casserole.
As a boxing champ, Gyllenhaal transforms more than his body.Scott GarfieldThe Weinstein Company
Even the boxing sequences are mostly unremarkable, a few exciting POV shots aside.
Las Vegas Weekly
Its exactly what certain critics yearn for: a midrange drama for adults.
A satisfying B movie with an A movie veneer, Southpaw huffs and puffs to punch above its weight.
But it is undeniably SouthpAwful.What are the best and worst boxing movies
Sort of.It helps if you dont mind your boxing movies made up of massive granite chunks of previous boxing movies.
At least this one does a good job building up the tension before delivering the inevitable.
Benedict Cumberbatch Wants You To Know He *Is* The Motherf*cking Grinch The Grinch star takes Mike Ryan through the final scenes of Avengers: Infinity ..
At two hours, the film is paced just right and manages not to overstay its welcome.
Lyles Movie Files
Nothings necessarily unique about Sutters tale, even if the action does jump off the screen.
The Film Stage
While it achieves its purpose to show how rough the sport is, its barbaric enough as it is and doesnt need this phony enhancement.
The character is the main aspect Fuquas clunky sports drama has going for it.Boxing fans will eat it up.
Which tells you a lot about the Oscars.True, its an engaging turn and technically impressive.
Manipulative is the best word to describe Southpaw. Kurt Sutter simply doesnt know how to write drama without resorting to bombastic theatrics and a h ..
What this movie really is at heart is just a good natured, perfectly decent, meat and potatoes palooka.
McAdams and Whitaker are very good, as well, and on the filmmaking side, Fuqua stages the boxing sequences with brutal intensity.
Its full of intense close ups, but almost totally lacking in elevating perspective.
Jake Gyllenhaal Gyllenhaal plays Billy Hope, an undefeated, up from the mean streets light heavyweight boxing champion known for relying on force more ..
Southpaw is redeemed by its cast, but a bit more imagination could have made it a much better film.
Eye For Film
Hope is full of anger and rage, but Gyllenhaal never chews the scenery.
Consequence Of Sound
SOUTHPAW is a story weve seen many times before, but its acted with such heart and directed with such skill that its hard to resist.
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The overstated nature of this title will push a more cynical viewer away from this project (yes, theres a good old fashioned training for a big fight ..
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Fuqua and cinematographer Mauro Fiore dont sacrifice clarity for action, staying in tight and steady as a referee, all the way to the inevitable Big F ..
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The lack of investigation just doesnt make sense and the culminating bout for the middleweight title is a roundabout way of trying to level the scales ..
Floats like a bee, stings like a butterfly.The script keeps its gloves on but Gyllenhaal gives his all, notching up one of his very best performances.
Now Jake Gyllenhaals latest is being hailed by some critics who should know better as the finest ringside spectacle since Martin Scorseses 1980 master ..
The melodrama is absorbing and well directed, but I have to take points away for indulging so much in jacked up brutality of sustained fight scenes... ..
And there are plenty of folks who will love it for being just that.
If Southpaw gets that job done while completing a familiar riches to rags to redemption trajectory, it is all because of its lead actor Jake Gyllenhaa ..
And the overall tone is absolutely humorless.Perhaps at this stage its impossible to make a fight movie that isnt a recycling project.
Slick direction and meaty performances may be enough for some viewers, but this boxing dramas complete lack of originality keeps it from being somethi ..
This serious boxing drama just works so hard at being a serious boxing drama.
However it might have played in its originally intended form, Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a boxer in desperate need of redemption, shows how ..
The boxing movie has been a gift to filmmakers virtually since the dawn of cinematic time.
The Arts Desk
While its themes are familiar and subtlety lacking, there is no denying its convictions.
Matts Movie Reviews
With a weaker central performance, the movie would be an even bigger mess.
If you dont know how Southpaw is going to end, then this is the first movie youve ever seen and you should have started with a better one.
Film Freak Central
Southpaw might as well be called Boxing Movie, with its plain, predictable story frequently undermining its award season aspirations.But its far from ..
Its as though Fuqua watched how Sylvester Stallone directed his iconic training montages in his Rocky entries just to see how to do one that delivers ..
Metro New York
Its enough to bring the film back from the brink, leaving me content despite myself.
What makes a good boxing movie.Your response to this could directly dictate the level of enjoyment you get out of Antoine Fuquas Southpaw, a conventio ..
The usual storyline of the fighter going for the gold against all odds is front and center.
Chameleonic actor Jake Gyllenhaals light heavyweight boxing champ Billy the Great Hope can take on any contender... But when he faces the greatest hea ..
The movie is packed with raw energy, but it doesnt quite knock you out.
Even addressing common employee grievances is harder than one would imagine.
But the strength of the performances by Gyllenhaal and Whitaker elevate it to quality hokum.
An original story worthy of its actors performances couldve made Southpaw a real champ.
When Billys smart, ardent wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams) warns him that hell be punch drunk in two years, she seems off by at least 18 months.
Its official: Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the best actors working today.
Antoine Fuquas riches to rags tale is meant to dramatize the life and career of Eminemthe film was originally a vehicle for the rappercharting a boxer ..
Under The Radar Mag
When does great acting trump a formulaic story When the actor is Jake Gyllenhaal and the story is the boxing melodrama Southpaw.
The Weinstein Company has decided to open the film wide in the heart and heat of summer.Heres hoping it can withstand the competition.
And Whitaker gives a special performance.Sutters script is uneven but has some symbolic depth the symbol of one damaged eye is revealing.
The Fix Is In by Glenn Lovell Billy Hope is cruisin for a bruisin.How could it be otherwise
Like the rest of Southpaw, though, theres that inevitability factor, and its tough to support a two hour film when its course seems predetermined and ..
The film is set up like a straightforward redemption story, but what makes Southpaw interesting is the complexity of Hopes characterthanks to Gyllenha ..
Who would have guessed that the movies knockout punch would be delivered by a kid
When one arrives at the top, the only way to go is down so the old saying goes.Thats Billy Hopes story in Southpaw.
Its a phenomenal performance, and without it the movie would be a complete write off.
Concrete Play Ground
The combination of Gyllenhaals powerhouse performance and typically unflinching direction from Antoine The Equalizer Fuqua makes for a drama worth get ..
If the films caustic style feels disingenuous, Gyllenhaal compensates with a fairly deft performance as the embattled fighter.
Winnipeg Free Press
As is often the case with director Antoine Fuquas films, a gritty, shooting style comes up against a cheesy, formulaic script.
This is just a lot of chomp chomp chomp and point tallies wafting upward whenever something game oriented is blown up.Chris Columbus seems like the id ..
Gyllenhaal delivers a winning performance worthy of a nomination.
The New Paper
The movie isnt quite on the same level as the true boxing greats, but with Gyllenhaals knockout performance front and center, its a lot more enjoyable ..
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And months from now, when it pops up as an option on your in flight entertainment menu at 30,000 feet in the air, feel free to stare at the screen to ..
At this point, weve learned that a fully committed Jake Gyllenhaal is a thing to behold.His latest headlining effort, Southpaw, finds the actor in fin ..
This is not Rocky its grim, its grey and it doesnt necessarily glamorise boxing and the spectacle that surrounds it.
This is partly because Tick is played by Forest Whitaker but mostly because his gym looks like crap.In Hollywood, the best boxing trainers work out of ..
Its highly predictable and emotionally charged, and like most boxing films, its unapologetically manipulative.
This movies fine casting and one of the better, more restrained directorial efforts by the wildly uneven Antoine Fuqua make the familiar seem fresh an ..
Honey Cutts Hollywood
The filmmaker is a notable stylist, a skilled purveyor of urban excess, but his worst instincts kick in far too often.
Southpaw gives movie fans what they want: great performances and an emotional core that will resonate even with non boxing fans.
Theres a quiet dignity here, but I never felt the chemistry between Hope and Maureen.
Jake Gyllenhaal is tremendous in the boxing tale Southpaw..The movie
His works possess auteur flourishes while notching much off the blockbuster checklist.
The key turning pointa scene of such uncommonly raw power that there is no chance of shaking it for the rest of the running timeis utterly wrenching t ..
The Film File
The cast is obviously fantastic and without them the film would be utterly boring.
I dont care if they were reciting Rocky line for line, Gyllenhaal alone is more than worth the price of admission here.Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) a ..
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Its first rate filmmaking in service of subtlety free, second rate storytelling.
A boxing movie can and should transport us to vantage points that pay per view cant.Fuquas direction feels like its designed for HBO.
Fuquas fight sequences are convincing enough to make a moviegoer wish the rest of the movie didnt feel fixed.
But the humanity is touching and the emotional heart beats strongly.
The film does have an edge to it, but not enough to make it a memorable addition to the genre.
No it doesnt make much sense, but sometimes, fancy footwork is all you need.
It doesnt help that her character has a tendency to force the movie into its most uninteresting directions; its the very definition of a thankless rol ..
Reviews Antagony Ecstasy
This boxing tale splashes the latest hi tech boxing sequences in front of the audience in no holds barred graphic violence but the film is saved by on ..
Monsters And Critics
Right away the movie has a logic problem because were supposed to believe this guy, who cannot block punches, is a world champion boxer.
Southpaw then hits every boxing movie signpost the morose but sincere trainer with a heart of gold, badass opponent with a filthy mouth, hundreds of h ..
Tick refuses to train professionals, but he offers some free advice: When you lack control over your own anger, anyone can yank your reins.
Individual moments and snippets of dialogue make it feel as though Fuqua almost shouldve committed to pure melodrama, rather than gritty edginess.
Is it a hip hop era crime film, where anyone with money comes with private security and our heroes and villains are one bad break away from a return t ..
My States Man
And anyone troubled by the unpredictability of tragedy should feel a chill by how quicklyprepare for mandatory but applicable sports metaphora sudden ..
Southpaw is emotionally effective outside the ring and thrilling while inside it.
Chris Stuck Mann
And that serves as a fitting metaphor for Southpaw itself.Would you rather have a derivative new Eminen song or none at all
It may not be everyones idea of relaxing, uplifting escapist matinee balm.
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A lot of blood, sweat and tears was obviously poured into Southpaw..But very little sense.
Probably only if youve never seen anything like it before.Fat chance.
Its an astonishing transformation.It is one of the truly remarkable thing that actors do to authentically portray a character.
Las Vegas Informer
Southpaw may stumble, its footwork maybe wobbly and its storyline at times farcically cliched, yet as an exercise in performance and a showcase for it ..
Ultimately, Southpaw remains a watchable, if generic boxing drama, but its impossible to avoid a sense of frustration given all the missed opportuniti ..
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