Resurrecting the Champ
Resurrecting the Champ

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- 54/100 based on 3,686 votes
  • Released: 2007
  • Runtime: 112 mins
  • Director: Rod Lurie
  • Studio: Battleplan Productions
  • Genres: Drama

Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his father's success becomes a personal journey as the ambitious reporter reexamines his own life and his relationship with his family.... (Full plot summary below)

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Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his father's success becomes a personal journey as the ambitious reporter reexamines his own life and his relationship with his family.

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7M Pictures - 9/10 by Kevin Carr a must see for the performances
Charlotte Observer - 8/10 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 before he faded away. Strange, then, that the movie works exactly the same way.
Film Threat - 8/10 by Zack Haddad It is great to see a boxing movie that portrays both boxing and Jackson in different lights.
Chicago Sun-Times - 8/10 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 maudlin tearjerker, looking for pity. He's realistic, even philosophical, about his life and what happened to him.
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine) - 8/10 by Gina Carbone Everything is about winning respect versus earning it. This film earned mine. I'm glad I took a chance on it. By the look of my theater, not many others did.
San Francisco Chronicle - 8/10 by Mick LaSalle It's the complexity of Lurie's moral universe that makes it linger in the mind.
Baltimore Sun - 7/10 by Michael Sragow Jackson creates a searing study in reverse nobility as a character with a battered, street-poetic presence and subtle powers of sympathy that come into play even when he appears to be a rogue.
The Hollywood Reporter - 7/10 by Duane Byrge Charged by a knock-out performance from Samuel L. Jackson, this compelling story of manly redemption will deliver a winning boxoffice combination of word of mouth and ultimately step outside the generic ring of sports lore.
The A.V. Club - 7/10 by Tasha Robinson The cast is generally excellent, but Hartnett in particular comes across as convincingly complicated, alternately reprehensible and sympathetic.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - 7/10 by William Arnold It's more intelligent than most Hollywood movies you'll find in the heat of summer, and its saving grace is the quality of its acting, including Jackson's uncompromising turn as the old fighter, and delicious bits by David Paymer and Alan Alda as veteran editors.
Christian Science Monitor - 7/10 by Peter Rainer By skewing the film into a father-son inspirational saga, the filmmakers sell out the best possibilities in their material. Lurie clearly wants Resurrecting the Champ to be "more" than a sports movie, or a newspaper movie. Ironically, he ends up with less.
Chicago Reader - 7/10 by J.R. Jones Treacle takes over in the last act, but most of this fact-based story by screenwriters Michael Bortman and Allison Burnett takes the inspirational sports drama into unexpected and morally complex territory.

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