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Dave White Profile

...and pouting and moping and brooding. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Fighting seriously lacks punch.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Murderously dull stretches of dialogue suck most of the fun out of this sloppy drama.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    In Channing Tatum, who also starred in "Saints," the film has a good-looking, magnetic hunk to draw a crowd. Terrence Howard lends the pedigree of great screen acting, and Zulay Henao adds charm and glamour.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I like the way the personalities are allowed to upstage the plot in Fighting, a routine three-act fight story that creates uncommonly interesting characters.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Street-fighting saga is stylish but cliched and violent.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this mediocre action drama about illegal street fighting is (suprise!) quite violent, with lots of brawling and some blood. There's a simmering romantic-sexual subplot, too, but the movie spends a lot more time on characters punching each other than on kissing. Although the movie has an underlying "follow your dream and never quit" message, it's hard to reconcile that with the illegal, brutal world it takes place in. Expect some broad ethnic stereotypes, strong language (including "s--t"), drinking, and smoking.

  • Families can talk about the appeal of fighting as a sport. Is it the desire to see athletic excellence in action or something more primal?
  • Does this kind of violence have more or less impact than explosions and gun battles? Why?
  • Families can also talk about the conflicts Shawn faces, as well as the bond he forms with his handler/manager.

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie has underlying messages about self-reliance, honor, and character -- but since the film takes place in the world of illegal street-fighting, there's a disconnect between the characters' purpose and the sometimes-brutal action. New York's neighborhoods are depicted using broad ethnic stereotypes -- Brooklyn is full of Russian Jews, Chinatown full of caricatured Asian gangsters, the Bronx teeming with cliched Latinos, etc.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Non-stop bare-knuckle brawling -- including grappling, punching, wrestling moves, kicks, punches, and more. Characters are shown bloodied and beaten after fights. Some gunplay; a supporting character is shot in the ear. The infamous "sleeper hold" is used repeatedly.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some kissing and cleavage; some suggestive talk about transvestites. Kissing leads to what must be sex; the deed isn't shown, but it's implied via a cut to characters cuddling and getting dressed.

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes "ass," "s--t," "dick," "nuts," "bitch," "oh my God," and "a--hole." References are made to "white boys," and the "N" word is used once.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Brands mentioned or featured on screen include Mercedes, Everlast, and International House of Pancakes.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink hard liquor and beer and smoke cigars and cigarettes. Characters go to bars. "Crackhead" is used as an insult.