Warrior Reviews

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
September 27, 2014

Warrior is an ode to valour-ruined men, in war, in peace, in the octagon.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 8, 2013

Director Gavin O'Connor tries sprucing up the material by swapping out boxing for mixed martial arts, but it's still the same old story told the same old way. At least Real Steel had robots.

Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013

The punches always seem that much harder when you understand just why they hurt.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
January 9, 2013

A straight genre picture, but the best MMA movie ever.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant
October 2, 2012

Tom and Brendan are enough to offer a satisfying payoff - even if minor characters are left flailing in their wake.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
September 28, 2012

Warrior reveals itself to be more than just a brainless slugger - like the best boxing movies, it's able to utterly wrap you up in the moment and have you punching the air come its conclusion.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Benjo Colautti
We Got This Covered
September 17, 2012

Warrior is one of the year's best films that has everything audiences are looking for in a sports movie experience. Visually exciting fight sequences are matched by an emotionally complex story with believable characters full of conviction.

Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 17, 2012

...an instant classic that manages to surpass even the original Rocky in terms of effectiveness...

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
April 6, 2012

Familiar fight movie tropes are followed, but the dramatic stakes that O'Connor lends the proceedings give them uncommon involvement and an even rarer sense of suspense.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
January 29, 2012

Warrior is an unbelievably effective film, not just because it's emotionally rich, but because it doesn't treat the MMA sport like a joke.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Shaun Munro
What Culture
January 25, 2012

Trumping even genre classic Rocky, Warrior packs a grand emotional wallop thanks to top-tier performances and the fact that you don't want either fighter to lose.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
January 20, 2012

One cannot genuinely fault Warrior for the clichéd elements of its story, simply because reviving the cliché is the whole point.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
S. James Wegg
JWR
December 29, 2011

In Gavin O'Connor's hands ... the few-holds-barred matches are certainly the main event: subtle characterization and deep back-story are not wanted on this two-fisted voyage of the Conlon family.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
December 22, 2011

Not far removed from its true-to-life counterpart 'The Fighter,' 'Warrior' is about two men who decide to enter a mixed martial arts competition for two very different reasons.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 20, 2011

A sports movie about a martial arts tournament and an intimate drama about letting go of hatred and opening the heart to the healing balm of forgiveness.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 7, 2011

A superb drama, and a remarkable sports film.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 6, 2011

Its most rewarding moments being the well-choreographed brutal MMA fight scenes.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
November 24, 2011

This tale of two brothers competing in a mixed martial arts contest is gritty, laboured and totally devoid of suspense or surprise, despite the best efforts of actors Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Laurence Boyce
The Sabotage Times
November 19, 2011

Warrior makes a creditable attempt at expanding the scope of the MMA films - and whilst not always successful - the powerful performances should keep many people happy

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
November 16, 2011

Suddenly Thunderdome doesn't seem like such a pipe dream anymore.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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