• Released
  • May 6, 2005
  • R
  • Drama
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Fighting Tommy Riley Synopsis
A young, self-destructive boxer with raw talent struggles to make it with the help of his old coach.
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Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
This small, lovingly crafted film continually surprises with its depth and resonance.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

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Working on a microbudget, director Eddie O'Flaherty coaches solid performances from his small cast and makes the most of the handful of...
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70

L.A. Weekly

By Jon Strickland
Davis, who did some writing for a TV series and acted in a couple of B-thrillers, is notably solid inhabiting Riley's conflicted machismo,...
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60

Variety

By Robert Koehler
The winner by a knockout is Eddie Jones...Without Jones, pic is a standard drama on the sweet science with the usual tropes and a slight...
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
More character study than sports movie, the people in this film come across very much as flesh-and-blood personalities despite the script's...
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60

The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
Despite its flaws, the film gets across some genuine melancholy, played up by a sobbing Irish fiddle.
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38

New York Post

Tommy Riley is a ten-cent "Baby."
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38

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The sort of slick-looking indie that plays well at film festivals, this heavy-handed boxing drama is really just a flyweight bulked up on...
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30

Village Voice

By Melissa Anderson
Outrageously sentimental and retrograde.
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