75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's the complexity of Lurie's moral universe that makes it linger in the mind.
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75

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
About a guy who stood on the brink of greatness but, because of one flaw he could never overcome, had to settle for being pretty good before he faded away. Strange, then, that the movie works exactly the same way.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Jackson disappears into his role, completely convincing, but then he usually is. What a fine actor. He avoids pitfalls like making Champ a maudlin tearjerker, looking for pity. He's realistic, even philosophical, about his life and what happened to him.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Charged by a knock-out performance from Samuel L. Jackson, this compelling story of manly redemption will deliver a winning boxoffice combination of word of mouth and ultimately step outside the generic ring of sports lore.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The film is easy to take, though it must be said: It's almost 100 percent blather.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Struggles to get off the ropes and never quite establishes its rhythm. The film takes place in eternal moral twilight, dark enough to make faces look photogenically poignant, light enough to see the white lies.
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50

Wall Street Journal

The movie itself -- which deals (not very interestingly) with the issue of journalistic integrity and (very predictably) with father-son relationships -- doesn't pack much of a wallop.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The film itself is a tedious melodrama whose sole saving grace is the performance of Samuel L. Jackson as Tommy Kincaid.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
If most boxing movies are about redemption, Resurrecting the Champ is a boxing movie that goes to exasperating lengths to redeem its boxing writer.
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33

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The gooey sanctity of the bond between fathers and sons all but nullify Jackson's zesty performance.
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55 out of 100
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