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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Sylvester Stallone
Robert De Niro
Kim Basinger
Alan Arkin
Kevin Hart.
Directors
Peter Segal.
Screenwriters
Tim Kelleher
Rodney Rothman.
Running Time
113 minutes

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Grudge Match
Boxing stupid


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Plot
Two old boxing pros (De Niro and Stallone), long-time rivals now in the autumn of their careers, are lured back into the ring for one final glory bout.


Review
Grudge Match

Sylvester Stallone is the old paunchy, grumpy one and Robert De Niro is the other old, paunchy, grumpy one in this big-screen adaptation of the classic Balboa-versus-LaMotta pub debate. As a couple of washed-up stumblebums training for a rematch, they gamely send up the movies Grudge Match is inspired by (Rocky via a meat-punching joke; Raging Bull via a puppet show in a dive bar), but unfortunately, despite the dream-team pairing, this is a dreary, spark-free affair that seems to take forever to get into the ring. Alan Arkin’s dick jokes are as good as it gets.


Verdict
An idea that must have sounded good on paper looks a lot less smart on the screen.


Reviewed by Nick de Semlyen

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deserves more than 2 stars

this film is so funny. and it is made to be funny. it not a drama or a thought provoking film or any serious crap. it is utterly entertaining and amusing. all the jokes are cleverly made, and as a stallone or arkin or de niro fan you simply find their roles well done. i love this film and goes straight to my fave films all the time list. oh, yes i am a serious cinema goer. ... More

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Posted by m_er at 23:10, 06 July 2014 | Report This Post


Really enjoyable move

I'm not sure why everyone is trashing this movie, I enjoyed every minute of it! I thought it was consistently funny throughout and the final fight was really engaging. Stallone still looks the part of a boxer, and yes Di Nero looks ropey, but he's meant to. Both me and my mate came out of the screening with big smiles on our faces, and I overheard another group of people saying how good they thought it was too. I recommend it! ... More

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Posted by hermes16 at 18:22, 05 February 2014 | Report This Post


'August of the careers'? Winter? ... More

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Posted by ladybooger at 09:31, 26 January 2014 | Report This Post


Fudged Match

I agree with everything in the review. It does take forever to get in the ring and you never care about any of the characters, especially De Niro's. All that business with his son just came across as cliched, corny and unbelievable. Stallone was pleasingly relaxed and actually gives a performance. De Niro has done 125 movies and it shows, there's zero interest or energy from him, he looks like he doesn't want to be there. Only when he's with Stallone does De Niro seem to make any effort. The fig... More

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Posted by BenTramer at 18:09, 24 January 2014 | Report This Post


I hope I look as paunchy as Stallone when I'm his age. ... More

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Posted by Fuzzbap at 23:30, 20 January 2014 | Report This Post


I really hate

Reviews with less than 5 sentences... If I wanted to read half-assed reviews I would read total film or jump in my delorean and re buy smash hits magazine ... More

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Posted by echoalpha92 at 18:01, 20 January 2014 | Report This Post


wow

I thought this review would never end. ... More

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Posted by 7eke at 23:40, 18 January 2014 | Report This Post


Hahahahaha

Stallone should have stuck with his first instinct... ... More

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Posted by stevos at 14:37, 17 January 2014 | Report This Post


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