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Based on 22 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 30 )
  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    A junior version of "Fight Club," only with no movie stars and different moves. show more

  • 50
    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 smashmouth idiocy become like a fever dream, sweaty and hard to shake off. show more

  • 70
    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 become a word-of-mouth hit. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Formulaic and derivative, but sufficiently well made to work as both teen-angst melodrama and bone-rattling brawl picture. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The movie is just a cheesy, preposterous, semi-eroticized way of yelling, "Fight! Fight!," when two people go at it in the school cafeteria. show more

  • 50
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    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 story), a lot of “The O.C.” (evil boy Gigandet played an evil boy on that series), and presto: probable hit. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This movie isn't bad just because it follows a formula slavishly but because it does so without verve or passion. show more

  • 38
    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 "Bully: Scholarship Edition." show more

  • 25
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    A formula flick that should have tapped out in the script stage. show more

  • 40
    Film Threat

    About as bland, predictable, and self-important as you’d expect. show more

  • May 13, 2009 Lilballerhults94
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    this movie gets me pumped up and determined to be something witha well put toghether story and loved the ending fight.

  • August 13, 2008 a602Sk8ter
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    this is a sick movie it got me pumped and wantting to fight some 1

  • August 12, 2008 soccerply417
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    i didnt get vto see all of this movie but so far its great.....and loved the girls in the tub scene...just kidding!!!!!

  • August 11, 2008 KElSiE xl0SER
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    this movie is amazinggg. it has a lessont that says if you wait you will get what you wanttt. its about friendship and pride. pluss they are hotttttt

  • August 09, 2008 B1qG
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    this movie is amazing, screw critics that say its cheezy... guys beating the crap out of eachother throughout the whole movie whats not to love.the mma is sick overall awsome movie

  • August 07, 2008 Kawoodard9
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    I have been a MMA fan forever (back when it was called No Holds Barred). Now this movie isn't going to win best picture, but it was a fun movie to watch. The fight scenes are pretty good. They didn't go too Hollywood on everything. The story line is fun to watch and the characters are pretty well developed. In all it was a movie that engages you and has a little fun. Little Karate Kid meets Rocky. Worth watching.

  • August 04, 2008 JmsBsktbll
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    NEVER BACK DOWN IS DOWN MY MOTTO i was commit suicide before i saw this movie but thought twice after i saw i looked bacck and thought i shouldnt jake tyler is SO HOT look at his bod slap some barbecque sauce

  • July 31, 2008 Sumi987
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    I thoroughly enjoyed it, one of the better movies for me since I'm a cage fighting fan. Loved the story, action and acting.. I give it 5 BIG stars and more. I would definate watch this again.

  • May 22, 2008 elemmargera
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    me and my girlfriend went on our 1st date and it was the best movie ever if it was still out i would go see it again its worth every penny best movie but not a movie for kids little graphic and sexual but hey what do i no im only 13 so

  • May 22, 2008 geo10dude
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    Im going to watch it for the third time today.


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