In the realm of melodramas, this is one of the best. Unapologetically tearful and emotional, The Champ overcomes its narrative flaws with stunning performances from Jon Voight and the young Ricky Schroder.
2.5 stars. A shameless tearjerker. You could watch the last ten minutes of this film without knowing what came before and be a sobbing mess by the end. That takes some kind of talent. Maybe one you shouldn't admire. However, I watch the finish every time it is on and every time I cry.
Not exactly the pinnacle of the 70's movie magic to put it like that. However, I found the kid and the ridiculous amount of tearjerking, both of which I easily bought, to legitimize a two star rating, well on to three stars. Oh, I cried! "Chiaaamp!"