75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Formulaic and derivative, but sufficiently well made to work as both teen-angst melodrama and bone-rattling brawl picture.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Although the movie set in the hot new arena of mixed martial arts is a bit short on star power, it's energetic and warm-hearted enough to become a word-of-mouth hit.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie is just a cheesy, preposterous, semi-eroticized way of yelling, "Fight! Fight!," when two people go at it in the school cafeteria.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A junior version of "Fight Club," only with no movie stars and different moves.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
It’s a little “Karate Kid,” a smidge of “Fight Club” (with none of the ironic ambivalence toward violence that David Fincher brought to that story), a lot of “The O.C.” (evil boy Gigandet played an evil boy on that series), and presto: probable hit.
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50

New York Daily News

By the time ever-noble, ever-watchable Djimon Hounsou shows up to teach earnest young Jake honor and roundhouse kicks, the power-rock and smashmouth idiocy become like a fever dream, sweaty and hard to shake off.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
This movie isn't bad just because it follows a formula slavishly but because it does so without verve or passion.
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38

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

At times, the film is more fun than it deserves to be, and it's probably a lot more fun if you're a 13-year-old with an addiction to "Bully: Scholarship Edition."
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25

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
A formula flick that should have tapped out in the script stage.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

Movie is dopey. And with its emphasis on stupid violence, xylophone abs, and getting yourself on YouTube, it's yet another product that makes you feel bad about today's youth culture.
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39 out of 100
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