Resurrecting the Champ Synopsis
A troubled reporter delves into the life story of a former boxer who hit rock bottom.
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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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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...
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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...
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The Hollywood Reporter

Charged by a knock-out performance from Samuel L. Jackson, this compelling story of manly redemption will deliver a winning boxoffice...
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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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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...
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Wall Street Journal

The movie itself -- which deals (not very interestingly) with the issue of journalistic integrity and (very predictably) with father-son...
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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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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...
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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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Resurrecting The Champ

By brud
I saw this movie at a Pre-screening on 8/16/07 here in Orlando. It was fast paced, action packed and thrilling. The ending was a tearjerker and that was after a whole swith in the plot. What a movie!...


By dawnspurr
First of all, I thought this was a movie about boxing, so I was not really excited to go. In fact it was a movie about wanting success...and what people are willing to attempt to have success. I...


By movie22copster
This movie was far more than I expected. Good story, good acting and great casting. I expect Samuel Jackson to be nominated for an Oscar for his performance. It was a very refreshing movie in today's...

Great Movie That Theatres Are Forcing To Flop

By Woussko
I find it very upsetting that just one week after opening that many theatres in my area are either pulling this movie or are only showing it once per day at some very off time. What gives? This is...

Resurrecting The Champ

By David Gosslee
A very touching movie that deals with the inner dialougue of boxers and the intimate relationships they keep with each other with mutual respect for their opponents. A young journalist seeking his...

What a Great Movie!

By jlynb1
After arriving at the theater to find 'The Eye' had misprinted the showing location and time for Stardust, my friend and I found ourselves bouncing from nearby theater to theater, looking for...

wonderful movie

By larry zirkle
i dont understand the reviews on this movie this movie is a wonderful movie relates to real life wonderful acting and very heart warming...

Ressurecting The Champ

By kger
Excellent. Very well done. A powerful story about truth and about life. Worth the time; it will move you....

Resurrecting the Champ

By luvagoodmovie
I highly recommend this movie if you want to see a film with a great message for everyone. The moral delema of the star was one that most of us can relate to....

a mental movie

By tallcritter
slow at times, but actors were all 100% great .. . Sam is always the best!, even cameo by Peter Coyote almost got by me, I guess direction was slow. . .but good acting can pull a movie along. . ....

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Rated PG-13 | For some violence and brief language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ Reporter's ethics get KO'd in bland boxing tale.
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