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Antoine Fuqua

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About the Movie

From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and screenwriter Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy”), SOUTHPAW tells the riveting story of Billy "The Great" Hope, reigning Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World (Academy Award® 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® 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 223
  • Fresh: 132
  • Rotten: 91
  • Average Rating: 6.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Just as director Antoine Fuqua starts to close in on something interesting and unexpected, he retreats to the safety of his corner and gives us what we've seen too many times before: a predictable flurry of melodramatic jabs. – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 24, 2015

Fresh: "Southpaw" is a tremendous accomplishment of mainstream cinematic craft, a near-perfect match of director, material and star. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jul 24, 2015

Rotten: 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. – Richard Brody, New Yorker, Jul 29, 2015

Fresh: Even when we're aware our emotions are being manipulated, we're rooting hard for Billy Hope to beat the odds and climb the mountain, because have you seen how movie-adorable his daughter is? Don't they deserve some happiness? – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 24, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Best movie ever!!!!!

One of the best movies I've seen in a long time. Tear jerker for sure. So be sure to bring your Kleenex. Great story line. Never a dull moment. Great acting!
5 stars.


This movie will have you cheering, crying and wanting more. Amazing performances. Emotional rollercoaster. Go see this and buy it!


This has been one of the best movies I've seen for a long time Good work it had everything you'll want to see in a movie💯

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