Never Back Down

Never Back Down

Never Back Down

Jake Tyler (Sean Faris) is a rebellious teen who moves with his family to Florida. Once a star on the football field, he is now a quick tempered brawler with a chip on his shoulder. His talents for combat are recognized when he starts a fight at a party, and he soon finds a mentor, Jean Roqua (Djimon Hounsou), to unlock his ability to win an underground mixed martial arts contest. Sean Faris fans may be fascinated to know that he gained 15 lbs. of muscle for his role.

2008Rating: M, contains medium level violence110 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

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Best part, though, is the cast: Everyone's a model, everyone beats each other half to death, and no one looks as if they've ever suffered so much as a coldsore.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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The movie speeds up and slows down as though controlled by a director in the grip of competing medications. For those who make it to the final beatdown, however, the only pill worth taking is the one that makes you forget.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Although the movie set in the hot new arena of mixed martial arts is a bit short on star power, it's energetic and warm-hearted enough to become a word-of-mouth hit.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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A junior version of "Fight Club," only with no movie stars and different moves.

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Newshub

Newshub

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There sure are no surprises with this one. The story has been told thousands of times before. Never Back Down doesn’t even have a decent love scene to keep it interesting. Going to see it with the right frame of mind and treating the it like a comedy can be satisfying, but only on a very base level.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

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Movie is dopey. And with its emphasis on stupid violence, xylophone abs, and getting yourself on YouTube, it's yet another product that makes you feel bad about today's youth culture.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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"The Karate Kid" meets "Fight Club" but it's no way near as good as it sounds.

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Variety

Variety

press

Best part, though, is the cast: Everyone's a model, everyone beats each other half to death, and no one looks as if they've ever suffered so much as a coldsore.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The movie speeds up and slows down as though controlled by a director in the grip of competing medications. For those who make it to the final beatdown, however, the only pill worth taking is the one that makes you forget.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Although the movie set in the hot new arena of mixed martial arts is a bit short on star power, it's energetic and warm-hearted enough to become a word-of-mouth hit.

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

A junior version of "Fight Club," only with no movie stars and different moves.

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

There sure are no surprises with this one. The story has been told thousands of times before. Never Back Down doesn’t even have a decent love scene to keep it interesting. Going to see it with the right frame of mind and treating the it like a comedy can be satisfying, but only on a very base level.

1.0
0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

Movie is dopey. And with its emphasis on stupid violence, xylophone abs, and getting yourself on YouTube, it's yet another product that makes you feel bad about today's youth culture.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

"The Karate Kid" meets "Fight Club" but it's no way near as good as it sounds.

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