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Fight Club (1999)

Genres: Drama

Taglines: When you wake up in a different place at a different time, can you wake up as a different person?

Director: David Fincher

Writers: Chuck Palahniuk, Jim Uhls

Stars: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf, ...

A nameless first person narrator (Edward Norton) attends support groups in attempt to subdue his emotional state and relieve his insomniac state. When he meets Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), another fake attendee of support groups, his life seems to become a little more bearable. However when he associates himself with Tyler (Brad Pitt) he is dragged into an underground fight club and soap making scheme. Together the two men spiral out of control and engage in competitive rivalry for love and power. When the narrator is exposed to the hidden agenda of Tyler's fight club, he must accept the awful truth that Tyler may not be who he says he is.

100 | Bob Graham

Delivers a sucker punch to the audience and then pulls the rug out from under it. It is sensational. It is also grimly funny.
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Fight Club -- cue the blurb machine -- is a knockout.

100 | Gemma Files

It always surprises, never bores. It's also just damn good, on every possible level -- so go see it. Now.
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100 | Carrie Rickey

A knockout...So feverish is Fight Club...that thermometer contact might make mercury shatter.
Read More: Philadelphia Inquirer

91 | Paula Nechak

It assaults us with violence, brutality, sexual confusion and anarchy and has enough bruising, punishing humor to keep us laughing with relief.
Read More: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

90 | David Rooney

Bold, inventive, sustained adrenaline rush of a movie.
Read More: Variety

89 | Marc Savlov

Fight Club's dirty little secret is it's one of the best comedies of the decade.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

88 | Wesley Morris

It's the rawest, most hot-blooded, provocatively audacious, dangerous movie to come of out Hollywood this year.
Read More: San Francisco Examiner

80 | Elvis Mitchell

The sardonic, testosterone-fueled science fiction of Fight Club touches a raw nerve.
Read More: The New York Times

80 | Robert Horton

Never less than dazzling to look at, and the scorching humor keeps it alive from scene to scene.
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80 | Maitland McDonagh

A brilliantly realized series of sucker punches, a philosophical howl disguised as a muscular guy movie.
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75 | Rene Rodriguez

As a piece of storytelling, Fight Club is a bit of a dud: It's a good 15 minutes too long, and the tension doesn't build the way you wish it would.
Read More: Miami Herald

75 | Jay Carr

Begins with that invigoratingly nervy and imaginative buzz. But its chic indictment of empty materialist values fizzles.
Read More: Boston Globe

75 | Lawrence Toppman

It's visually surrealistic, acted with integrity, so brutal in spots that I averted my eyes.
Read More: Charlotte Observer

70 | Stephen Hunter

A provocative experience that lights you up even as it brutalizes you. And I don't even like Brad Pitt very much.
Read More: Washington Post

63 | Mike Clark

It's fun to talk about...but the price you pay is enduring its excesses and pummeled-home thematic points.
Read More: USA Today

60 | Manohla Dargis

On a purely visual level, it's the most powerful and viscerally exciting movie to come out of Hollywood this year. Which doesn't mean that it's all good.
Read More: L.A. Weekly

50 | Jonathan Rosenbaum

This exercise in mainstream masochism, macho posturing, and designer-grunge fascism is borderline ridiculous. But it also happens to be David Fincher's richest movie.
Read More: Chicago Reader

50 | Roger Ebert

But the second act is pandering and the third is trickery, and whatever Fincher thinks the message is, that's not what most audience members will get.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

50 | Andrew O'Hehir

But imagination and energy are often not enough. On balance, this is the dumbest of the entries in Hollywood's anti-consumerist new wave.
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50 | David Sterritt

Undermines its serious undertones with an avalanche of smirky cynicism designed to flatter the hipper-than-thou fantasies of adolescent moviegoers.
Read More: Christian Science Monitor

50 | J. Hoberman

This malevolently gleeful extremely funny, surprisingly well- acted, and boldly least until its steel-and-chrome soufflé falls apart.
Read More: Village Voice

50 | Jami Bernard

Grueling and bleak, but not unintelligent...although it's hardly groundbreaking just because everyone's face gets pulpy.
Read More: New York Daily News

40 | Gregory Weinkauf

Fight Club is to intelligent men what Catherine Breillat's "Romance" is to intelligent women -- an insult.
Read More: Dallas Observer

40 | Tom Keogh

This much-anticipated but terribly underwhelming black comedy represents a seriously squandered opportunity.
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30 | Kenneth Turan

What's most troubling about this witless mishmash of whiny, infantile philosophizing and bone-crunching violence is the increasing realization that it actually thinks it's saying something of significance.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

25 | Lisa Schwarzbaum

If, as Fincher has said, this movie is supposed to be funny, then the joke's on us.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly