23 December 2013 5:30 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Grudge Match” can’t possibly live up to its billing, which essentially pits "Raging Bull" pugilist Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro) against “Rocky” namesake Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), finally settling the bets of cinematic boxing fans everywhere. The film’s narrative echoes the problem its stars face: can two former champions remind of us why we rooted for them in the first place? Let’s just say that it goes better for the fictional versions of De Niro and Stallone than it does for the actors themselves. They’re in top form, but “Grudge Match” isn’t the right vehicle for them to get back on top. The story itself is fine, if predictable. Stallone stars as Henry “Razor” Sharp, with De Niro playing his archrival Billy “The Kid” McDonnen. The battles between them begin in Pittsburgh in 1982, with each of them representing the other’s only career loss in the ring. »

- Kimber Myers

Report a problem

Similar News Items

Robert De Niro
Sylvester Stallone
Rocky (1976)

IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners