I recently watched the 1949 film noir THE SET-UP for a second time on DVD. You can read its Wikipedia entry here: http://is.gd/POnrGY. THE SET-UP stars Robert Ryan as a long-in-the-tooth heavyweight boxer, and Audrey Totter plays his long suffering but enduring love interest. I have to say I liked THE SET UP more the first time I watched it, which is surprising because I expected to like it more.
First off, I still like Robert Ryan. He makes for a credible world-weary pugilist. So, I looked for other reasons why for my disappointment. The film noir is regarded as an artsy one, filled with its symbolism. That's what bugged me, I believe. Or perhaps since I already knew it would be in the film, it became a bit of a distraction for me.
If you're a fight fan and enjoy watching boxing movies, THE SET-UP fits the bill quite well. On that level, I liked gritty, dramatic THE SET-UP very much. The ringside grotesque boxing spectators are great. Interestingly, the film script was adapted from a published poem.
Would I see THE SET-UP again? Yes, if I was in the mood for a first-rate film noir, I would. But I'd have to forget what's been written about it, and just enjoy the story for itself.