The tell-it-as-it-is title hardly indicates anything out of the ordinary, but this bare-knuckle boxing flick is put together with more love than you'd expect.
Trevor Johnston, Time Out, 2009-05-15
The fights may not be very convincing, but the story's underdog structure is satisfying in a happy-cliche sort of way. Fighting is Rocky without the bombast, Fight Club without the daft metaphysical pretensions.
David Denby, New Yorker, 2009-05-04
There's an effective, unstylized authenticity to those fights. A life or death mania, which enhanced the film's credibility.
Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies, 2009-04-27
Fighting arrives fully charged by the charisma of its star, Channing Tatum.
Kyle Smith, New York Post, 2009-04-24
By making good use of its New York setting, Montiel does bring a certain indie grit to the generic story.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, 2009-04-24
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2009-04-24
It is Tatum's performance that leads us to praise men of brute innocence.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, 2009-04-24
At every turn, Fighting is alive and unexpected.
Christopher Kelly, Dallas Morning News, 2009-04-24
In a genre where too many films are all brawn and no brain, Fighting is a contender.
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 2009-04-24
You might expect a movie called Fighting to be a blunt, literal affair, and in the case of Dito Montiel's new film, you would not be wrong.
A.O. Scott, New York Times, 2009-04-24
This is a story we've seen dozens of times before.
Ben Lyons, At the Movies, 2009-04-27
There's a better movie inside it struggling to get out.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2009-04-24
The screenplay about a hunky street vendor turned underground fighter (Channing Tatum of Stop-Loss) is sloppy and false.
Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, 2009-04-24
Though by no means original or especially ambitious, Fighting turns out to be a surprisingly watchable B-movie.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, 2009-04-24
Rock musician-turned-director Dito Montiel fails to make much of a fist with his second feature, Fighting, though he deserves points for trying to add some contemporary New York City grit.
Greg Quill, Toronto Star, 2009-04-24
This story of a country boy who goes to the big city and uses his brawn to make his way is so slow it's almost inert.
Claudia Puig, USA Today, 2009-04-24
It's all footnotes, hardly any main story, and overcompensates by jacking up the violence.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2009-04-23