Southpaw

Southpaw

Southpaw

Oscar-nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) stars in this drama as a professional boxer on the road to championship glory, only to have his life fall to pieces when a moment of aggressive backlash results in him losing his family. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer, Training Day) and co-starring Tyrese Gibson (Fast & Furious 7), Rachel McAdams (About Time), Forest Whitaker (The Butler) and 50 Cent.

2015Rating: MA15+, Strong violence and coarse language124 minsUSA
DramaSport
Director:
Antoine Fuqua ('The Equalizer', 'Training Day', 'Olympus Has Fallen', 'Shooter')
Writer:
Kurt SutterRichard Wenk
Cast:
Jake GyllenhaalRachel McAdamsForest Whitaker50 CentTyrese GibsonRita OraNaomie Harris

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Southpaw / Reviews

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

Jake Gyllenhaal’s appetite for physical transformation continues apace here after the emaciation of Nightcrawler, but while he more than looks the part of light heavyweight boxer Billy Hope in physique, technique and intent, Southpaw’s lead is let down by an overly conventional tale that fails to distinguish itself. While the film’s first act traces a champ’s fall from grace, Raging Bull this ain’t. And despite a familiar redemptive arc commencing, it’s not The Fighter either.

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Variety

Variety

Director Antoine Fuqua once more demonstrates his fascination with codes of masculine aggression, extreme violence and not much else.

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Total Film

Total Film

The script keeps its gloves on but Gyllenhaal gives his all, notching up one of his very best performances.

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Time Out

Time Out

Like a "Raging Bull" that’s been clocked one too many times in the head...

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Southpaw asks both too much of Gyllenhaal and not enough – he’s being forced to build a whole character out of scraps, sawdust, and horrendous clichés.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Strictly an undercard bout, displaying enough heart and skill to keep the paying customers from getting too restless.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Amazingly, Gyllenhaal never cheats on his character's sense of dignity. Against the odds, he keeps you in Billy's corner. That's a champ.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Southpaw sticks to tried-and-tested genre rules, yet an edgy cast keeps the story in sharp focus.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Don’t get too caught up in the all-too-familiar plot, just savour Jake Gyllenhaal’s powerhouse performance...

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