Grudge Match

Grudge Match
Grudge Match
  • PG-13
  • 1h 57m
  • 2013
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Oscar® winner Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, Silver Linings Playbook) and Oscar® nominee Sylvester Stallone (the Rocky films, The Expendables) play Billy "The Kid" McDonnen and Henry "Razor" Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can't refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Grudge Match is sporadically funny but meandering, and its strong cast largely mired in a plot that's overrun with clichés.
Laremy Legel

This one probably never could have been a contender.

June 22, 2017
Los Angeles Times
Mark Olsen

Pleasant but underwhelming, it feels like something that belongs on the undercard, never reaching...

June 22, 2017
San Francisco Chronicle
Peter Hartlaub

"Grudge Match" at its core is an affront to the cinema gods, an attempt to capitalize off two icon...

June 22, 2017
Chicago Reader
J. R. Jones

The jokes are clumsy, the dramatic scenes stale and lifeless; like the climactic bout, the movie i...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Two legends duke it out in underwhelming comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Grudge Match is a boxing comedy starring two actors legendary for their on-screen boxers: Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) and Sylvester Stallone (Rocky). As one would expect from a boxing film starring older actors, there are a ton of age jokes as well as fights in and out of the ring (the two men are shown bloody and bruised by the end of the fight). There are a lot of references to weight, age, race, height, and sex (one character's name is B.J., which leads to a lengthy discussion of how much men like to "get" his name). One character is a borderline alcoholic, and the other can't let go of old hurts, but audiences will definitely cheer as the two epic actors get back in the ring.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:December 25, 2013
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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