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New Southpaw Movie Got Mixed Reviews From Top Critics. The Weinstein Company released their new drama flick, “Southpaw,” into theaters this weekend, and the top movie critics have submitted their reviews. It turns out that they were pretty mixed with an overall 57 score out of a possible 100 across 41 reviews at

The movie stars: 50 Cent, Forest Whitaker, Jake Gyllenhaal, Oona Laurence and Rachel McAdams. We’ve added blurbs from a few of the critics,below.

Mick LaSalle at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a great 100 score, saying: “The experience of Southpaw is rather like seeing the truth behind the cliches, revived in all their pain and power to surprise.”

Richard Roeper at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it an 88 grade, stating: “While Southpaw will surprise almost no one who has seen a fair amount of boxing movies, Fuqua’s direction and the excellent performances keep the action humming.”

Alonso Duralde from TheWrap, gave it a 77 score, stating: ” Southpaw is so simultaneously entertaining and unsurprising that it could go straight to ESPN Classic, but if these are the extremes it takes for certain people to notice that, hey, that guy from “Bubble Boy” has turned into a heck of an actor, then so be it.”

Brian Truitt at USA Today, gave it a 75 score. He said: “While Southpaw doesn’t do anything innovative with the punch-drunk formula — there’s even a rousing final match, leaving you exhausted by the end — Gyllenhaal and Whitaker are real heavyweights who give the feature a winning combo.”

Brian Tallerico at, gave it a 75 grade, saying: “Southpaw enters the long filmography of boxing flicks, and puts up a surprisingly good fight.”

Deborah Young at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 70 grade, saying: “Southpaw sticks to tried-and-tested genre rules, yet an edgy cast — led by formidable leading man Jake Gyllenhaal — keeps the story in sharp focus.”

Ty Burr from the Boston Globe, gave it a 63 grade, saying: “This is a genre with especially sturdy bones, and when Southpaw connects, which is more often than you might expect, you feel it down to your toes.”

Michael Phillips at the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 63 score. He said: “Does it succeed? Sort of. It helps if you don’t mind your boxing movies made up of massive granite chunks of previous boxing movies.”

Peter Travers from Rolling Stone, gave it a 63 score, saying: “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.”

Kenneth Turan at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 60 grade, saying: ” Southpaw is so logic-defying it takes on a Frankenstein life of its own, especially with as energetic and focused an action maestro as Fuqua (“Training Day,” “The Equalizer”) in charge.”

Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal, gave it a 60 grade. He said: “It’s a win for Mr. Gyllenhaal, while the movie loses out to its clichés.”

A.O. Scott from The New York Times, gave it a 60 grade. He said: “The plotting is somehow both flat-footed and operatic in its absurdity. Character arcs are tangled, flattened and foreshortened. Common sense is knocked silly. But Mr. Fuqua has never been a director to let ridiculousness get in the way of visceral action.”

Chris Nashawaty at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 58 score, saying:”Gyllenhaal’s Southpaw performance is great, but for reasons unrelated to his physique. He’s thrilling to watch and the only unpredictable thing in a two-hours-plus movie where you can count on one hand the number of moments that aren’t hand-me-downs from better boxing films like “Rocky,” “Raging Bull,” and “Fat City.”

Justin Chang from Variety, gave it a 50 score,stating: “The undeniable intensity of Gyllenhaal’s bulked-up, Method-mumbling performance may leave you feeling more pummeled than convinced in this heavy-handed tale of redemption, in which director Antoine Fuqua once more demonstrates his fascination with codes of masculine aggression, extreme violence and not much else.”

Joe Neumaier at the New York Daily News, gave it a 40 score. He said: “When boxing cliches work, they can deliver a knockout. When they don’t, as in Southpaw, we get just punch-drunk.”

Kyle Smith at the New York Post, gave it a 38 grade. He said: “The finest 1947 boxing picture of 2015 is here: Southpaw, a film that’s gruntingly insistent on its clichés.”

Lastly, Ann Hornaday at the Washington Post, gave it a 37 grade. she said: “Southpaw may be rote, predictable and mawkish, but none of those faults lie in its star. Even when he looks like an unholy mess, he transcends the movie he’s in.” Stay tuned. Follow us on Facebook by Clicking Here. Follow us on Google Plus by Clicking Here. Follow us on Twitter by Clicking Here.

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