Against the Ropes (2004) - Biography, Drama, Romance

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A fictional story inspired by North America's most famous female boxing promoter, Jackie Kallen. Her struggle to survive and succeed in a male dominated sport.

IMDB: 5.3
Director: Charles S. Dutton
Stars: Meg Ryan, Omar Epps
Length: 111 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 19 out of 53 found boring (35.84%)

One-line Reviews (47)

This entertaining boxing experience provides its audience with more emotion and acting than mere dialogue.

Too easy a cliché to pass up, Against the Ropes is no TKO.

I hate to say it, but the whole thing seemed predictable.

So with all this going against it, I recognize that this is a boxing movie and I had hoped that the boxing sequences are exciting enough to keep us on the edge of our seats and forget all that leads up to them.

It is extremely predictable.

Mediocre movie brought even lower by Meg Ryan's monotone voice and extremely bad accent.

The film is very predictable and very simple.

It was entertaining and charming, I really enjoyed it.

I thought it made the story a bit boring and would've liked to have seen it concentrate more on Omar Epps and Meg Ryan's relationship and title conquest.

I suppose viewers meeting it on this level will find it meets their needs but for me it was all very dreary and uninteresting stuff that didn't deserve to be screened anywhere other than a second rate cable channel on a Tuesday afternoon.

and I have to say that it is another colossal and predictable waste of celluloid...

Raging Bull, Rocky I & II and even 1992's more comedic effort Diggstown each offered an exciting and or interesting look at the corrupt, gruesome and barbaric sport of boxing.

Charles Dutton directed, and his own performance as the veteran trainer (yet another cliché) is at least warmly thought out--ironically, it's the best acting here.

I highly recommend it.

Also, most of the film is pretty dull and there are no real good performances.

It has a cheesy uplifting ending, a slow clap, and a slow-motion freeze frame at the end.

The screenplay is quite poor (and predictable), the characters are half-baked, the dialogues are dull and it has nothing new to offer.

The story is also somewhat predictable.

Instead of giving us insight into what is surely a unique life - a female boxing manager struggling and succeeding in a male-dominated sport and world - Edwards lumps one predictable moment atop another, each one terribly conventional.

Instead it tells a predictable fictional story about unoriginal characters that lack believable human traits.

The plot was really formulaic and had no surprises, and in some places jumped around and made you feel like you were missing events.

It would have helped the film in the long run, but instead we found cliché after cliché was the stronger approach.

Nevertheless, if you can overcome your aversion to one or the other this movie can be quite entertaining.

As I said it was very entertaining and the fight sequences were excellent.

Overall, this film was a waste of time.

The film also suffers from a split personality syndrome: it wants to tell the "real life" story (based on actual events, but heavily fictionalized) of Jackie Kallen (played in the film by Meg Ryan), the first big-time female boxing promoter, but it also wants the rousing ending of a big bout, so it dovetails Jackie's story with that of a fictional pugilist, Luther Shaw (Omar Epps), and, in the process, loses its focus.

The plot is obviously very predictable and we know how it will end.

Not being familiar with the "true" real life story of the main character, I was consistently disappointed to find myself detached from the experience, and realising that I could predict the entire plot from beginning to end, it felt more like a parody of the Rocky movies with a female twist than an engaging tale of a woman trying to succeed in a mans world.


Ryan's Midwestern accent is at least as plausible as Kurt Russell's in "Miracle," and "Against the Ropes" is a more entertaining movie.

The motion picture packs an enjoyable cinematography by Jack N.

Daly is bland, Washington OK and so it goes on.

The boxing scenes in this movie make it unbearable to watch.

So when they select of all the themes a fictional one that's close to (A Star Is Born)'s formula, then I must feel so bored before getting to veto powerfully!

cliché formula .

Don't waste you time .

Save your money or if you insist on going then check your brain at the concession stand and pick it up when leaving the theatre.

Even the boxing scenes seem mundane, opting for maudlin sentimentality instead of grit.

The fight scenes are bland and are not passionate enough.

Surprisingly Entertaining .

I am a big fan of Meg Ryan, but I was skeptical about this movie and it turned out to be entertaining.

Yet, the story is hackneyed, the dialogue corny, the characters and their conflicts trite and underdeveloped.

This enjoyable movie is funny and revealing at the same time.

Rating : Acceptable and entertaining .

Heck, just listening to her interviews makes her infinitely more fascinating than what's shown on film.

Tim Daly's character was the most simplistic character I have ever seen in a film causing the mere minutes he was in this film to be some of the most catastrophic and confusing ever.

Cliché after cliché, Dutton played the exact same boxing coach that has been done time and time again.