Never Back Down Synopsis
A teen is lured into combat in an underground fighting league.
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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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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...
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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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San Francisco Chronicle

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

By Kyle Smith
A formula flick that should have tapped out in the script stage.
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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...
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By austin55
i have not seen this movie yet but i soo want to see this movie when it comes out on dvd...


By jimchudnow
Based on an advance screening: If you heard about the basic plot or saw a trailer and thought this seemed to be just a cheesy clone of the “Karate Kid” formula, you’d be WRONG. This is a...

Rocky meets Karate kid!

By myshipyardworksucks
had a chance to see this with my son and his friend they loved it! full of hard fists, blood, and a good moral story! My only problem with this film was some of the carmera shots where fuzzy, and at...

Great Movie!!!

By kitsters
I didn't want to see this movie but i'm glad i did! It was great!! I was funny when It needed to be and had great action. Its a good date movie action for the guys and comedy plus some romance for...

An Adrenaline Rush

By miss_tooshi
This movie is predictable but it keeps the audience intrigued. The camera angles are a bit nauseating so it is recommended to sit at a distant from the screen. Sean Faris is a very talented actor...

Another film to show how stupid bullies look.

By sunrider
I liked this film. There are so many bullies in schools. If just one stupid bully sees this film and sees how stupid he can look and possibly changes his ways-then this film was so worth it!!...

never back down

By Sydney33
A God-awful movie. Poor acting, just mindless high schoolers fighting a la "Fight Club."...


By phantomdrk
this movie is amazing i sat down thinking it was another o kmovies but no it had me at the edge wanting more every step of the way... a must go to see movie...

It was okay but

By vman647
Theres gay scenes of his brother playing tenis and his mom doing random stuff and a girl named baja shes annoying...

Nothing can describe how amazing this movie is

By deathsentencefan4life
Never Back Down was my new favorite movie of all-time. I loved this movie so much. I would go see it over and over again. I would even pay full price each time. This movie had so many great messages....

More Info

Rated PG-13 | For mature thematic material involving intense sequences of fighting/violence, some sexuality, partying and language - all involving teens
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Bloody fight film has heart, but it's no champion.
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