If, as Fincher has said, this movie is supposed to be funny, then the joke's on us.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
The director of Seven and The Game for the first time finds subject matter audacious enough to suit his lightning-fast visual sophistication, and puts that style to stunningly effective use.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
If you want a movie that makes sense and doesn't make you chuckle at its sophomoric satire, laugh this one right off your list.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Certainly no movie in years has had this much subversive fun.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
Extremely funny, surprisingly well-acted, and boldly designed -- at least until its steel-and-chrome souffle falls apart.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
Pitt's best work since A River Runs Through It.
Jeff Millar - Houston Chronicle
An original piece of filmmaking!
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
Affliction is a better film, because it brings us into the hearts and minds of its characters rather than just bludgeoning us with its visions.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
Fight Club rolls out its indictments and its Zen koans, but what it really resembles, perhaps unknowingly, is the squall of a whiny and essentially white-male generation that feels ruined by the privileges of women and a booming economy.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
A bloody, hilarious ride into the twisted recesses of the modern male psyche.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
This is American self-absorption at its finest.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Bloody mess of a guy film loses its battle to have any real meaning.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
[A] bold, inventive, sustained adrenaline rush of a movie...
David Rooney - Variety
Edward Norton gives another extraordinary performance!
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Fight Club is an empty shout of 'To hell with it all!'
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
A wickedly funny assault on the soul-destroying nature of 20th-century consumerism
John Hartl - Film.com
Tom Keogh - Film.com
It always surprises, never bores.
Gemma Files - Film.com
Robert Horton - Film.com
Dean Essner - Globe and Mail
Fight Club is a distinctively dense and often hilarious film, but in the end it's nonsense.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
The Fight Club is a memorable and superior motion picture - a rare movie that does not abandon insight in its quest to jolt the viewer.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
If the first rule of Fight Club is 'Nobody talks about Fight Club,' a fitting subsection might be 'Why would anyone want to?'
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
There's many levels of brilliance to this film, from the script to the acting to the cinematography to the overall directing.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
A shrewd, scintillating work rooted in an investigation of varying degrees of masculinity and extremism.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Lurid, twisted, and violent. Not for kids.
Charles Cassady - Common Sense Media
where Taxi Driver sees the fallacy in canonizing Travis Bickle, Fight Club does it without irony.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
The last great male-centric movie of the last millennium just arrived on a spectacular new Blu-ray disc for its 10th anniversary, providing the opportunity to relish every aspect of David Fincher's ultimate dissection of Gen-X masculinity. Fight Club
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
A complex, confused look at life in late-'90s America, David Fincher's blood-black comedy Fight Club remains one of the most divisive pictures of the past 20 years.
Matt Noller - Slant Magazine
Fight Club is still today a definitive film, a statement as strong as any rock anthem and twice as packed with power chords.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
One of the seminal films of the 1990s...just as darkly funny, epic, and psychically wrenching as ever. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
"Fight Club" is a cinematic Hail-Mary pass from David Fincher that the audience desperately wants to catch.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
May also be yet another example of a book that was just fine as a book -- that didn't need to be made into a film.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
I don't mind a film with a surprise ending but, rather than enhancing the film, the climactic revelation in Fight Club cancels out everything previously seen. In fact, the bitter end of the film is a hypocritical cop-out.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
An exciting, dangerous, and intense story.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
You can call [it] irresponsible. Or you can call it the only essential Hollywood film of 1999.
Dean Essner - Time Out
It might not be as controversial as it was back in 1999, but it's definitely just as relevant.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Durden is so intense, focused and honestly violent that the messianic hold he has on his followers is palpable. It's one of the best things that Pitt has done and his performance helps to recommend the film.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
One of the greatest films ever made
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Pitt bronco-rides through the movie, using many of the nutsy-dangerous mannerisms he previously unloosed in 12 Monkeys. It's the performance you'd expect Pitt to give, and still you can't take your eyes off it.
Stuart Klawans - Nation
Stuart Klawans - The Nation
...more clever and kinetic than it is profound, more a visceral movie than a think piece.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
In the future, all manner of society's ills in the future will be blamed on this movie. [But] this is a film that exposes evil, not one that glorifies it.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Dean Essner - Film Comment Magazine
It's a movie with all the warmth of a refrigerated meat locker at midnight. And who wants to hang around there?
Judith Egerton - Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Lobs punishing combinations at the flabby midsection of life in the 1990s. But as the film wears on, it's apparent that Fincher can't deliver the knockout blow.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
This is a strange, agonized film--a darkly comic end-of-the-millennium fable with unforgettable performances and visuals. The writing is tight, smart and edgy; there's no question it hits a chord with our consumer-crazed lifestyle.
Jim Shelby - Palo Alto Weekly
Undermines any seriousness it might have harbored with an avalanche of smirky cynicism designed to flatter the hipper-than-thou fantasies of adolescent moviegoers.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Dean Essner - Film Threat
Rock-'em, sock-'em, sharp satire is among the best films of the '90s.
James Rocchi - Netflix
An absolutely amazing movie, as subversive as it gets. It's a wonder it ever got made, especially by a major studio.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Although Pitt's acting brilliance comes through loud and clear in his most unsympathetic role to date, Fight Club belongs to Norton.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
If "A Clockwork Orange" was a bitter answer to the "all you need is love" message of the late 1960s, "Fight Club" is a brass-knuckled slap in the face to yuppiedom and its "greed is good" mantra.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Delivers a sucker punch to the audience and then pulls the rug out from under it. It is sensational.
Bob Graham - San Francisco Chronicle
Um retrato perturbador da inquietacao do homem moderno.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Film history will remember that Fight Club called us all to raise arms against our own complacency, not against the offices of credit card companies.
David Poland - Hot Button
Fight Club is as curiously appealing as your first learned profanity and as dangerous as chewing a light bulb.
Rumsey Taylor - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
A mirror distorting the faces of those most eager to condemn it.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
[Fincher's] tooth and nail stylistics inherently obscure any point the film might be trying to make.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
Fischner's ability to subvert expectation by delivering such an ultimately positive message is the film's greatest achievement.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
This devil-may-care love of violence is part and parcel of America's shadow.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
La pelicula es visualmente impresionante, pero es tambien impresionante en si...
Alex Ramirez - Cinenganos
Its effectiveness lies in the timing of shock moments that invariably threaten to make you laugh, despite the political incorrectness of it all.
Almar Haflidason - BBC
Norton's performance is just shy of brilliant
Andrew Howe - eFilmCritic.com
An incendiary, psychotic film surely guaranteed to polarize both critics and audiences alike
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
This is movie that sears the nerves, that immediately draws a line in the dirt and demands that you stand on one side or the other.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
If you like movies like "NBK" and "RD" then you must see this movie. If you don't have a strong stomach and don't like violence. Stay home. Trust me on this.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
A funny, powerful, flashy, tragic film that plays with your perceptions and with your preconceptions about movies and society.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
This film kicks butt, and in doing so it also manages to suggest that your need for it and for other butt-kicking films is a late capitalist symptom of contemporary psychosis.
Jonathan Beller and Rhonda Baughman - PopMatters
See it or I'll have to fight you in the parking lot after work!
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
...an incredibly brutal and pretentious film ostensibly about alienation in a modern desensitized world, a black comedy that entertains only on the most superficial level.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Along with the superior technical work, the movie shows off its three leads at their best.
Steve Murray - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Director Fincher knows atmosphere, and atmosphere is what you get.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Director Fincher has a knack for visual flair, but in this twisted tale of disgruntled malehood, he takes his work to a new and utterly hyperkinetic level.
Dean Essner - E! Online
An unhinged mess of a movie, with potentially dangerous ideas handled in a winking, cynical manner.
KJ Doughton - Nitrate Online
My main problem with Fight Club is that its mood and screenplay suggest an important film with something socially significant to say when in reality it's paper-thin stuff.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
While this film is strong in most of the critical areas, its overall vision is so violent, so bloody, and so hopeless, I simply cannot recommend it to anyone, myself included.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
Dean Essner - Reel.com
The movie is not only anti-capitalism but anti-society, and, indeed, anti-God.
Alexander Walker - This is London
There isn't a slow moment in this film, and there's a surprise around every corner.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Fincher directs this chaotic fable with grace, urgency, and knockout stylistics.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
A stunning achievement, sure to be one of the most talked-about movies of the year.
Ed Kelleher - Film Journal International
Fight Club is not a glorification of violence. It is a deconstruction.
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
Disturbing, often mesmerizing, occasionally funny and probably unlike anything else you've seen in a long time.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Dean Essner - Irish Times
Fight Club is this generation's Clockwork Orange or Taxi Driver, a film of disturbing ideas that mainstream society and the mass media is going to have a hard time keeping in the ring.
D.K. Holm - Cinemonkey
Fincher, the director of Seven, leads you down a murky winding path of dark, dank cellars and alleys in which water drips incessantly and blood and sweat flow and coalesce as if choreographed by a Balanchine.
Bob Bloom - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The cool charisma of Norton and Pitt is ... vital in seducing us, and both actors carry themselves confidently while speaking their dialogue with tough, throaty assurance.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
Taking every scene on an individual basis, it is often madly brilliant, but put it all together, and it is a pretentious, incoherent mess.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Vision de los peligros psicologicos en los que podemos caer gracias a nuestra tecnificada sociedad
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Awe and admiration.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
A challenging piece of work, a film demanding that its viewers look past what's on its surface and find something deeper.
Shay Casey - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The thing to keep in mind is, laugh.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Dares to question American values in the most inventive ways since Dr. Strangelove.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
A bracing, mesmerizing, bitterly funny and deeply unsettling fable.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Fight Club is a well-acted, well-directed film and will be on many top ten best films of the year lists. It will probably be on mine.
Tony Toscano - Citadel Broadcasting
Director David Fincher has solidified a place for himself as the penultimate director of the 90's.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Fincher delves once again into the bowels of our uber-psyche -- quite literally in the propulsive, Dust Brothers-scored opening credits sequence -- and announces that a lot of us are walking very close to the edge.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Fight Club is a work of prevailing violence.
Mac Verstandig - Moviereviews.org
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Fight Club combines a physical rush with an intelligent script and features wonderful performances of sharply-defined characters.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Mac Verstandig - Stage Newspaper
While one would not expect a film to include the sort of psychological and political analysis of Dostoyevsky's The Possessed, its total absence leaves the viewer with an inability to understand their motivations.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Fight Club is a fast paced rush of adrenaline boasting amazing performances from both Pitt and Norton.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
It's really Norton's film, and he turns in a terrific performance that veers from intense to horrifying to likably comical and back again.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
It has a power that cannot be denied. And its misogyny is only skin deep.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
A particularly inventive and mind-blowing performance by Norton.
Wesley Morris - San Francisco Examiner
Exhilarating, visually astounding, thought-provoking and very, very funny.
Bill Pearis - Citysearch
An extremely well-made but rather muddle-headed film that delivers a solid blow to the belly, yet does not stand up to rigorous intellectual examination.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
oth Norton and Pitt deliver knockout performances, relishing the wry, cruel nihilist humor.
Susan Granger - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Brutal, bracing, funny.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
A fabulously berserk runaway train of a movie, David Fincher's Fight Club is post-MTV filmmaking at its most assured and courageous.
Michael Atkinson - Mr. Showbiz
Greg Dean Schmitz - Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
One of the best films of the last decade.
Keith H. Brown - Edinburgh U Film Society
The movie may not float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, but Fight Club lands its share of haymakers.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Fight Club is a heady, brutal, raucously funny riot that sucks you into its right-brain fantasy.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Crisis has never been so much fun.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
In the end, Fincher's brilliant film is, ironically, short in the cojones department.
Adam Smith - Empire Magazine
Dark, brutal and very funny, Fight Club is one of the most mesmerizing films to come along in quite a while.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
Visually surrealistic, acted with integrity.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
A real go-for-the-throat satire tracking the rising tide of rage in America.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
What is also wonderful about it as a film is that it has the potential to foment real and not just reel discussion about our society, our values and the man-woman wars.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Even at its shallowest, the movie is fascinating to watch for its heat and movement.
Tom Block - culturevulture.net
Director David Fincher's camera swoops and sails in and out of tiny spaces in an exhibitionistic and self-conscious effort to be slick and showy and mod.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Rapid-fire sensory overload.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
Cinematic pop art
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
David Forsmark - Credo
See this film with a friend so you can console one another afterwards.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
This movie is almost hypnotically weird, and I liked it for that very reason. Not everyone will.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Fight Club's long setup is the funniest stuff Fincher has ever directed, and it hits its corporate, materialistic target with better accuracy than Mike Judge's Office Space.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
This movie is dangerous.
Cornell & Petricelli - CinemaSense.Com
Norton gives one of the strongest performances of his career.
Francesca Dinglasan - Boxoffice Magazine
[Fincher's] stunning visual style carries the film well past its faults.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
The brightly written script by Jim Uhls literally bursts with memorable lines that will have you laughing and thinking.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Instead of a nasty story with life lessons, what we have is testosterone-driven lunatics who enjoy pain, the sight of blood, and hearing bones crunch. David Cronenberg might have succeeded with the material -- David Fincher doesn't.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
This was a lightweight film that mistakenly thinks it's in the heavyweight class.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The film may be violent and funny, but it's never simple.
Chuck Walton - Hollywood.com
The Fight Club is an awesome man flick. Sorry girlies.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
It's a compelling, entertaining film. Even when it's nihilistic, pessimistic and macabre, it's still eminently watchable and profound.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Crafted with great passion and wit.
Graham Verdon - TNT's Rough Cut
Simply rough and thick! Even though it loses punch during its extended running time it is still a vibrant contribution to the film world
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
When you see good actors in a project like this, you wonder if they signed up as an alternative to canyoneering.
Roger Ebert - At the Movies
Fight Club confirms Edward Norton's ascent into the pantheon of actors like Robert DeNiro and Robert Duvall.
Paula Nechak - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Physical violence may give the initial sting, but it's the film's psychological violence that leaves the lasting impression.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
A likely front-runner at Oscar time in a number of categories, including Edward Norton for Best Actor, the movie is an inspired match of material and director.
Judy Gerstel - MSNBC
Fincher's Angry Young Man routine has never been more lively, more cleverly scripted, as well-acted or as nicely staged.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The first half of Fight Club is wicked, venomous satire.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
A thought-provoking mind-bender, a wake-up punch to our collective solar plexus.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
Edward Norton and Brad Pitt in what may be the performances of their careers.
Steven Boone - Citysearch
A misguided but visually entrancing film that works better as satire.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies