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Southpaw (2015)



Critic Consensus: Jake Gyllenhaal delivers an impressively committed performance, but Southpaw beats it down with a dispiriting drama that pummels viewers with genre clichés.

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From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and screenwriters Kurt Sutter ("Sons of Anarchy) and Richard Wenk (THE MECHANIC), SOUTHPAW tells the riveting story of Billy "The Great" Hope, reigning Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World (Academy Award (R) nominee Jake Gyllenhaal). Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Academy Award (R) winner Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city's toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick's guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves. (C) Weinstein

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Jake Gyllenhaal
as BillyHope, Billy "The Great" Hope
Forest Whitaker
as Titus "Tick" Wills, Titus Wills
Rachel McAdams
as Maureen Hope
Naomie Harris
as Angela Rivera
50 Cent
as Jordan Mains
Rita Ora
as Maria Escobar
Grace Marie Williams
as Jordan's Girl
Oona Laurence
as Leila Hope
John Cenatiempo
as Court officer
Marie Elena O'Brien
as Sheriff Reynolds
David Whalen
as Det. Parker
Lana Young
as Gloria
Adam Ratcliffe
as Sheriff Jennins
Beau Knapp
as Jon Jon
Miguel Gómez
as Miguel "Magic" Escobar
Jimmy Lennon Jr.
as Jimmy Lennon Jr.
Charles Hoyes
as Stuart Korman
Adam Kroloff
as Simon Stillman
Cedric D. Jones
as Darius Jones
Jim Lampley
as Jim Lampley
Mike Clark
as Reporter #1
Ian Eagle
as Reporter #2
Alejandro Chamorro
as Reporter #3
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Critic Reviews for Southpaw

All Critics (242) | Top Critics (68)

About as subtle as a right uppercut to the jaw, Southpaw is nonetheless a welcome addition to the boxing melodrama genre.

June 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Gyllenhaal brings every ounce of his physical self to the role, but rippling muscles and a mashed-up face don't really constitute a performance. It's not quite his fault that Billy is such a maddening character.

August 19, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The modicum of pleasure delivered by "Southpaw" arrives thanks to its cast, who struggle bravely and energetically with the hopelessly bland text and the invisible, impersonal direction.

July 29, 2015 | Full Review…

It's like a 1930s ring melodrama tarted up with lifestyle bling and hyper-professional whoomph, but it's essentially bantamweight.

July 26, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Southpaw isn't content with presenting a gallery of clichéd characters. It takes the time to put flesh on the bones.

July 26, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Jake Gyllenhaal continues his streak of brilliant performances the Academy will likely ignore.

July 25, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Southpaw

The first 45 minutes are basically Murphy's law for the protagonist: everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. But you it's also true that when you've hit rock bottom, the only way is up. What follows still isn't predictable here, but takes a lot of effort, sweat and tears. Once the film is over, you realize it played you with the conventions of the sports drama you've seen a few times before. But while you're in it, you're on the edge of the seat and feel for this deeply flawed man and his adorable daughter. That's no small feat. Director Fuqua could rely on an incredibly strong cast, especially Gyllenhaal, delivering one of the best performances of his career.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Clichà (C)-driven but a well-put effort in being inspiring and persevering. Southpaw has its plot holes and melodrama, but thanks to Jake Gyllenhaal's effortless performance and the glitz and glamour of the sweet science, it goes the distance. 3.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

An entirely predictable boxing drama elevated by committed performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Forest Whitaker, but it doesn't have enough to fully recommend. You can predict the entire plot in about five minutes. The first half of the film suffers from entirely unlikable characters and that only gets elevated in the second half by Forest Whitaker's character. Because I didn't really like the main character, his transformation didn't affect me like it should have. Ultimately, it was entertaining in spurts and has good performances, but the unlikable characters and predictable story hold it back from being anything more than halfway decent.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

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