Fight Club as Reviewed by Others


**Since Fight Club is less than 20 years old there is a spoiler alert.  I can’t tell the reviews without spoilers so this is your last chance to turn back.** 

These reviews are from sources that are not me and are compiled on these websites from their users.  Fight Club is based off the book Fight club by Chuck Palahniuk.  IMDb has Fight Club at a 8.8/10 with 1,437,043 people giving their feedback on it.  Rotten Tomatoes has Fight Club at a 7.3/10 equaling a 79% with 162 actual critics reviewing it 128 calling it fresh (good) and 34 calling it rotten (bad).  The user grade (as in normal folks on the internet) gave it a 4.2/5 equalling a 96% with 1,090,012 reviewing it.  Roger Ebert gave it 2/4 stars.  The overall consensus of the critics from Rotten Tomatoes is that it has solid acting, amazing direction, and elaborate production design make Fight Club a wild ride.  I definitely agree with this.  I really like this quote by Anton Bitel, “[Fight Club is] perhaps the most post-9/11 film to have been made pre-9/11, capturing perfectly both the stirring discontent of the Nineties and the madness (both geopolitical and especially economic) that would erupt globally in the decade to come.”  Everyone is paranoid in Fight Club (pre-9/11) and everyone is even more paranoid now (post-9/11).  Many of the critics that gave it a bad review seem to have an issue with the amount of violence in it.  It is called Fight Club because they fight in it.  I didn’t watch it with my parents and I still haven’t, mainly because of the violence and the fact that they show the fist connecting with the face and you hear bones crunch.  It is not a nice a movie.  From IMDb the general vibe that I’m getting form the users is that the ones that gave it  abad review have an issue with the plait or lack of, the amount of violence, and they are comparing it to movies that aren’t really comparable.  The users that think it is good day the opposite of course.  Roger Ebert calls it macho porn — the sex movie Hollywood has been moving toward for years, in which eroticism between the sexes is replaced by all-guy locker-room fights.  He then goes on to say that after The Narrator meets Tyler and the fight clubs starts the movie stops being smart and savage and witty, and turns to some of the most brutal, unremitting, nonstop violence ever filmed.  I find these descriptions both amusing and accurate.  Eric from Three Movie Buffs was the only one that reviewed it and he gave it 3/4 stars.  He says that it is not as intelligent as it thinks it is but it sure will have you talking after and that the movie ends with an awesome plot twist that makes you want to watch the movie over again. It also makes the entire movie less effective.         

Links I used

Roger Ebert

Rotten Tomatoes


Three Film Buffs


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