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The best (and worst!) MMA movies of all time


Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Daniela Melchior, Jessica Williams, Lukas Gage, Billy Magnussen, Conor McGregor
MMA cameos: Jay Hieron, Chris Tognoni, Mark Smith, Bruce Buffer, Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Megan Olivi
Cheesy tagline: Take it outside.
Rotten Tomatoes critics score: 62
Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 57
How to watch it: Amazon Prime
Key review: “Though two hours long, the movie moves as swiftly as a greased ferret through a Habitrail and delivers hallucinatory action highs for its extended climax.” – Glenn Kenny, New York Times
Synopsis: A freshening-up of the 1989 cult classic starring Patrick Swayze, the 2024 version of “Road House” has acclaimed action director Doug Liman at the helm with Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal as former UFC fighter Elwood Dalton, who starts bouncing at a bar in the Florida Keys. Naturally, he’s running from his troubled past – he killed an opponent in the cage in a title fight. Now he has to deal with criminal cops and locals who want the Road House gone so a big resort can be built – and he has to deal with gang enforcer McGregor, too. It should not go without saying Lima, whose directorial work includes “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and several “Bourne” movies, said it was the best thing he’s done – and boycotted its premiere because it was going straight to Prime for streaming without a full theatrical run.

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