Embattled

critic Reviews

, 70% Fresh Tomatometer Score
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    Sarkisov and screenwriter David McKenna ("American History X) give us fully drawn, realistic male characters slugging it out in a battle of male toxicity.
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    Robert DanielsRogerEbert.com
    The father-son drama in Embattled might win some rounds, but the abundance of clichés leads to a loss overall.
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    Frank ScheckHollywood Reporter
    Much like Dorff's overbearing Cash, the film is easier to take when it's not in your face.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    An MMA drama with heart, conviction and a killer right hand jab, "Embattled" is a different kind of fighter story, one where the consequences of the fight are more important than the win-loss records of its fighters.
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    Michael OrdoñaLos Angeles Times
    In "Embattled," the human side feels explored, as if the film could have been made without the MMA scenes and still been a worthwhile watch. But it does have those adrenaline-injecting fights, so ... all the better.
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    Ben KenigsbergNew York Times
    A testosterone substitute in drama form, "Embattled" practically peacocks onto the screen.
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    Leo BradyAMovieGuy.com
    Embattled scores plenty of points and lands the perfect amount of emotional punches that you may not see coming.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    Embattled has enough gritty realism about a dysfunctional and damaged family to make up for the occasional hokey dialogue and the far-fetched but not entirely impossible scenario of a famous MMA champ doing a high-profile fight against his son.
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    Dennis SchwartzDennis Schwartz Movie Reviews
    I would never think of watching an MMA fight, nor would I ever want to see this ugly family drama again, nor would I care to ink up my body as the film's star does.
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    Monique JonesCommon Sense Media
    MMA drama has lots of heart, fighting, and swearing.
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