Review: 'Grudge Match' slick and sentimental but recycled

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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 12:00 am

“Grudge Match” is a sort of “Punchy Old Men,” a slow-footed high-concept comedy that pairs up the screen’s greatest pugilists, circa 1981, for a few slaps and a few laughs.

Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone square off as aged boxers brought back by desperation and a desperate fight promoter, played by Kevin Hart. Hart slows his roll to match his two leads and the sluggish film around them, where every punch, every gag and most performances is played at half speed.

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