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'Southpaw': Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama takes some jabs from critics

'Southpaw': Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama takes some jabs from critics

As the tragedy-stricken pugilist Billy "The Great" Hope, Jake Gyllenhaal takes his lumps both in and out of the ring in director Antoine Fuqua's new redemption drama "Southpaw." But while the bulked-up Gyllenhaal is earning some solid notices for his latest performance, reviews for the film as a whole are mixed, with many critics saying "Southpaw" is technically well-shot but ultimately clichéd and wearying. The Times' Kenneth Turan writes, "If you admire the shameless in cinema, if you consider yourself a connoisseur of contrivance, you're going to have to tip your glove in the direction of 'Southpaw,' a boxing melodrama...

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