Grudge Match is a remarkably awful film because it fails to be laughably bad or even mildly funny. Instead, it wallows in nonexistent nostalgia that forces Stallone and De Niro to live through their glory days and create a rivalry out of dynamics that match each other rather than counter. I don’t have much to write on the film, although I will say this: the choreography for the film’s final fight is exhaustingly boring, showing that these men are not in the proper shape to make this type of feature. The promise of Rocky vs. Raging Bull may have seemed like a fairly intriguing premise back in the early 1980s if you were a greedy studio head, but nowadays it feels like a desperate and attention-whore attempt at getting families to come see the film. It’s becoming more difficult for me to defend Robert De Niro as the greatest actor living today when he churns out garbage like this; Grudge Match is full of clichés and horrid examples of “comedy,” standing as one of the worst films of the year and one of the more depressing movies I’ve sat through in a long while.
Grade: ★½ (out of 5)