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Based on 34 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A strong, stinging film, alive with conflicts that defy glib resolutions. show more

  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    The movie belongs to Rodriguez: A gorgeous woman with a powerful body and the face of an Aztec princess, she's also a natural talent who instinctively understands the importance of economy in good acting. show more

  • 75
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    A coming-of-age tale that truly floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Rodriguez is riveting, with a drop-dead cynical charm. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Uplifting and moving in a traditional Hollywood way, while also seeming as raw and unfiltered as cinema vérité. show more

  • 48
    Michael Atkinson Mr. Showbiz

    A modest project with an agreeably modest point of view, but it cries out for a sharp, believable naturalism Kusama simply doesn't supply. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It's always about more than boxing. show more

  • 88
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    Refreshing and surprising, the way independent movies are supposed to be. show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    A terrific little uppercut of a boxing movie and close to a perfect one. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    The effect is as potent as a straight right to the solar plexus. show more

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