Grudge Match

2013

Action / Comedy / Drama / Sport

337
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 29%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 47%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 51645

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Sylvester Stallone as Henry 'Razor' Sharp
Robert De Niro as Billy 'The Kid' McDonnen
Jon Bernthal as B.J.
Kevin Hart as Dante Slate, Jr.
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by zkonedog 3 / 10

"Rocky vs. Raging Bull" Can't Carry An Entire Film

When I first heard of the concept for this film, I thought that the whole "Rocky vs. Raging Bull" angle was interesting. When I saw the trailer for it, I thought that it looked like a comedy with a healthy dose of heart. When I saw the movie itself...I realized it was an "idea" picture surrounded by filler.

For a basic plot summary, "Grudge Match" tells the two of two rival boxers who each beat the other one time, setting up what was to be a hugely popular "rubber match". Before the fight could take place, however, Henry "Razor" Sharp (Sylvester Stallone) walked away from the sport, leaving Billy "The Kid" McDonnen (Robert De Niro) to stew over what could have been. Thirty years later, both fighters meet up again at a motion-capture exercise for a new video game coming out. They still have as much vitriol and hatred for each other as before, and thus the rivalry is rekindled. When the prospect of a huge $$$ purse is dangled before their eyes, they agree to step in the ring one final time to settle the score once and for all.

The trouble with this movie is two-fold:

First, Stallone has never achieved any comedic success (besides perhaps "Avenging Angelo", but that wasn't supposed to even BE a comedy)...period! When it comes to the comedy of this film, De Niro runs circles around Stallone. Since they both share about equal screen time, the Sly comedy scenes get a bit tough to stomach. Plus, as usual, Kevin Hart's brand of comedy is very much an acquired taste (one that this reviewer hasn't come around to).

Secondly, even the best of comedy movies have to contain some heart or "meat" behind them, and "Grudge Match" fails miserably in that department. The backstory involving Kim Basinger's character just isn't interesting enough to make you care about what should be the emotional punch of the movie.

Granted, there are some positives to this film (hence the 2 stars instead of just a single). Some jokes (especially for those intimately familiar with Stallone and De Niro's past works) are laugh- out-loud funny, while the end fight scene is probably the best part of the entire movie (where Stallone really gets to shine).

However, it is quite clear that the "Rocky vs Raging Bull" concept is what fueled this movie, and that just wasn't enough to carry a two-hour film. "Grudge Match" isn't terrible, but I have absolutely no desire to watch it again, either.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 4 / 10

Mean-spirited comedy

GRUDGE MATCH feels a little like the boxing version of THE EXPENDABLES at times. It fears a world-weary Sly Stallone (a typical type of character for him, these days) playing a former boxing champion who comes out of retirement for one last match with his old rival, played by Robert De Niro. Yep, it's a simple film built around the premise 'Rocky vs. Raging Bull', with no more depth to it than that.

Well, there is depth, but it's TV movie-style sentiment and family affairs-type material which I tend to avoid like the plague. It's a pity, as both Kim Basinger and Jon Bernthal have given great performances elsewhere but are wasted in minor roles like this. Stallone remains as likable as ever but De Niro plays a largely unsympathetic role, which is mainly down to the script. As a comedy, this isn't very funny at all, as it's way too mean-spirited and ugly with constant jokes aimed at physical appearance and the like. The only good thing about it is the brutal final fight, which is almost worth the wait.

Reviewed by adonis98-743-186503 10 / 10

Critics and Fans just didn't get it

A pair of aging boxing rivals are coaxed out of retirement to fight one final bout -- 30 years after their last match. The problem with Grudge Match is that most critics and fans didn't understood that the film is a comedy and not a drama or a Rocky 7 or Raging Bull 2 it's just a comedy and in the IMDb trivia it's listed that Stallone didn't wanted to do the film because he didn't wanted to parody Rocky but after De Niro changed his mind he agreed but also let's talk about the talent that this film has you got Sylvester Stallone, Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro, Kim Basinger and John Bernthal and even Kevin Hart gives a really good performance. The film has a lot of humor and even drama when it's needed that totally works my favorite 2 moments were easily the one in the Press Conference where Hart said something about old people and that age doesn't matter an obvious reference to the 2 men and every other action hero out there and also the big fight was them finding their happiness again Sly hooked up with Basinger and De Niro found his son and his grandson and yes Stallone won again and that was another reference to Rocky but remember he didn't direct the film it just happened if you except a film like Rocky or Creed you will be disappointed but if you except 2 old men making fun of themselves and finding their humanity back you won't be disappointed because this is a comedy not a Drama. Also the soundtrack was pretty cool many times during the fight sequence mostly i give Grudge Match a 10 out of 10 it's a smart film that knows exactly what it is.

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