Since “Southpaw” is released in (U.S.) theaters starting today we decided to make another review round-up. This is a follow up to our first round-up – which was based on the first reviews released after the 18th edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival screening. The movie currently holds a 56% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 56 metascore on Meta Critics. Most of the reviews are positive but (some) critics point out that the movie is flawed by it’s cliche storyline. However, in general the critics do praise the cast for their performances. We will round-up the reviews in this post and we will – as always – focus on the Rachel-centered excerpts.
“Despite being dominated by Gyllenhaal’s method-like performance, Southpaw also boasts a terrific – if atypical – supporting cast. Rachel McAdams is absolutely perfect as Billy’s eternally loyal wife. Clearly the brains behind his career, she expertly mixes toughness (she’s supposed to have grown up “in the system”) with vulnerability and the chemistry between her and Gyllenhaal is white-hot. This, paired with her work on True Detective, is going to make a lot of people see McAdams in a new light, with her bringing a real earthiness to the part.”
–Chris Bumbray, JoBlo
“Southpaw” is currently playing nationwide in the U.S. and is also released in the U.K., Ireland and Canada. More reviews excerpts can be found after the jump!
We would like to remind you that “Southpaw” hits theaters nationwide in the U.S. starting today! The movie is also out in cinemas in the UK & Ireland. Be sure to head over to the official IMDB page for all the international release dates. Rachel co-stars alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Oona Laurence, 50 Cent, Naomie Harris, Victor Ortiz and Miguel Gomez. The movie is directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Kurt Sutter. Rachel is wrapping up her promotion for the movie – her The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will air tonight – and we have added all the latest coverage to our site.
Don’t forget to follow the movie on social media: Twitter @SouthpawMovie, Instagram @SouthpawMovie and Facebook.com/SouthpawMovie.
Amy Kaufman from the Los Angeles Times sat down with Rachel to promote “Southpaw” and “True Detective“. The interview also features quotes from her co-stars Colin Farrel & Jake Gyllenhaal and “Spotlight” director Tom McCarthy. We have added the first photoshoot outtakes in our gallery and the full interview in our press archive. Excerpts can be found below.
On her imagined career: “But it [becoming a movie star] wasn’t something I really meditated on or planned for in any way. I really thought I’d be doing theater in Canada. I’d grown up doing children’s theater there, and I always imagined myself being artistic director of a children’s theater company.”
On being ‘picky’ with roles: “If I’m picky, it’s for that reason. I want to be able to bring my best to the table. So if I’m not connecting to something, then I’m not gonna hold up my end of the bargain, and that’s really embarrassing.”
On Marvel’s Doctor Strange Rumors: “It’s still super-early days, and I don’t know where that’s gonna go, if it’s gonna go anywhere at all.”
» Read entire interview
In case you missed it before: It was reported earlier this month that Rachel was offered the female lead in Marvel’s upcoming “Doctor Strange” movie. So now Rachel is confirming the rumors and that she is considering the role, but that it’s in the “super-early stages” and that nothing is official yet.
We have added the official stills of Rachel during her The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon appearance. Looks like they pre-recorded of her interview because it will air tonight. Many thanks to my friend Luciana from Caitriona Fan & Mark Ruffalo Central for donating these!
Don’t forget to tune in tonight 11:35/10:35C or check your local listings for the time. Be sure to come back later for our coverage of Rachel’s appearance.
Mark Ruffalo attended the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy earlier this week and received the Giffoni Experience Award. Various Italian sources – including Fare Film – are reporting that he revealed his next movie “Spotlight” is selected for this year’s Venice Film Festival. THR also confirms the reports:
Ruffalo can next be seen in Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, with Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Michael Keaton, about how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive cover-up of child molestation within the Catholic church. He hinted the film will screen in the upcoming Venice Fim Festival in September.
The 72nd edition of the festival runs from September 2-12 and the official line-up will be announced next Wednesday, July 29th. Let’s hope the movie is indeed heading to Venice.
We have added additional coverage of the “Southpaw” premiere in New York last night. We now have over 400 high quality images of the premiere in our gallery, including the first images of Rachel during the after party. Many thanks to our good friend Luciana from Caitriona Fan and Lizzy Caplan Web for her donations! We also added the first video coverage of the premiere including the first red carpet interviews.
Be sure to head over to our partner site Jake Gyllenhaal Fan for their coverage on the premiere!