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The Cage Fighter

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Jeff Unay

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About the Movie

When life hits him hard, Joe Carman punches back. Newly 40, Joe juggles long hours working in a boiler room, an ongoing custody battle, his wife's chronic illness, and the demands of raising four girls. The one place he finds release is in the ring, where he competes in the bruising sport of mixed martial arts. Despite the promise he made to his family to stop fighting, Joe continues to train secretly, determined to prove that he can keep up with the new crop of younger, up-and-coming competitors. But as he contends with a series of increasingly worrying health scares, the question arises: how much is Joe willing to risk—his family, his marriage, maybe even his life—to keep fighting? A true-life tale of resilience that unfolds with all the drama of fiction, The Cage Fighter is a riveting look at the demons that drive a man to push himself to the limit.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 13
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "The Cage Fighter" is hardly epic in scope or originality, but it is uncommon to watch this degree of open self-flagellation on screen. – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, Feb 1, 2018

Fresh: Though it may leave audiences with a fair number of questions unanswered, "The Cage Fighter" is engrossing and notably well-packaged within its limitations. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Feb 6, 2018

Fresh: At just 81 minutes, "The Cage Fighter" has been whittled down to its fighting weight, trimmed of every ounce of fat. – Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times, Feb 1, 2018

Fresh: A real-life version of Hollywood boxing-movie tropes. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Feb 4, 2018

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Customer Reviews

Good concept, unfinished

Easy to root for Joe, his wife or ex wife, hard to tell which one is which comes across as awful. The whole documentary sets up a certain climax that it doesn’t deliver on.

Incredible true story

Really gets into the psyche of an average fighter.

The Cage Fighter
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2018

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