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Warrior Reviews

Anna Smith
Time Out
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This doesn't pack a punch like 'The Fighter' - but it's still a must for grapple fans.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

September 21, 2011
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
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The movie is so skillfully made, and the performances are so convincingly real (Hardy is sensational), that, as it reaches its cathartic, winning finish, it achieves a surprising compassion and honesty.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

September 19, 2011
Bob Mondello
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Warrior ends up feeling a lot bigger than you expect it to.

Full Review Source: NPR

September 16, 2011
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It's too corny to live. But the picture is a slam dunk. I mean a ground-and-pound double-leg takedown. It's really gripping.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 11, 2011
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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Warrior's three principle characterizations are compelling - Nolte in particular gives a tempered performance as the shambling, sad-eyed wreck of a dad - but not enough to mask the film's lesser elements.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

September 10, 2011
William Goss
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The beats are familiar, the stakes are high, the fights are brutal, and the rewards are just.

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September 9, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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O'Connor films the fight scenes, and the fight training scenes leading up to them, with the requisite oomph.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

September 9, 2011
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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For all the contemporary references, it's essentially a spin on the story of Cain and Abel, which may be the reason it feels timeless.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 9, 2011
Adam Graham
Detroit News
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It's also a fight movie that knows all the fight movie cliches and doesn't shy away from embracing them wholeheartedly. But it hits its marks and hits them well, and feels fresh even as it traffics so deeply in the familiar.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

September 9, 2011
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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Warrior is a weirdly affecting hybrid, a 100-proof melodrama that's two-thirds Sylvester Stallone and one-third Eugene O'Neill. Think Rocky's Long Day's Journey into Night.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Director Gavin O'Connor comes out swinging in this flawed but fiercely moving family drama...Strong stuff.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 2011
John DeFore
Washington Post
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While "Warrior" does offer enough jaw-snapping action to sate any 'roid-ragers in the audience, it works on deeper levels as well.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Nolte's performance is masterful, marshalling together pain and regret and a slowly dawning comprehension in a single wince. But all this film has going for it besides him are its incredibly brutal fight scenes.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

September 9, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A cheap exploitation picture wrapped in miles and miles of stale would-be Oscar scenes...

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 9, 2011
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Warrior" could have used a bit more guts. But it's still a knockout.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 9, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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This fictional drama about two men struggling with the anger planted in them by their abusive father has moments of power that push through a fake-out script.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

September 9, 2011
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Yes, the coincidences are fast and furious, but both Edgerton and Hardy give powerful performances as damaged men.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2011
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Hits things so hard, both literally and metaphorically, that it's hard not to feel pummeled yourself by the time it's over.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 8, 2011
Richard Roeper
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The plot is Shakespeare meets Balboa.

Full Review Source: Richard | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 8, 2011
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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Choppy editing makes a hash out of the fight scenes, and, by the end, a Neanderthal sensibility asserts itself: A brotherly beating makes the heart grow fonder.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

September 8, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The set-up sounds gallingly crude and derivative, yet "Warrior" turns it into a one-two punch of gripping action and powerful drama.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

September 8, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The two leads, Edgerton and Hardy, pull off their respective roles - rising above the cliches and the melodrama - with ferocity and focus.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2011
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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All the director and co-writer Gavin O'Connor does is apply old boxing-film tricks to what is, for the movies, a new sport. Then he doubles them.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 8, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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It is appropriately blunt, powerful and relentless, a study of male bodies in sweaty motion and masculine emotions in teary turmoil.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 8, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Every time you start resisting, somehow the film makes the sale, again.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 8, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
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O'Connor chucks away everything that was interesting or dark or subtle in "Warrior" and replaces it with a pseudo-individualist, sub-Freudian, Tea Party-friendly fantasy.

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September 8, 2011
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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Warrior is a man-weepie of the highest Hollywood order, a would-be Rocky for an empire in decline.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A-

September 8, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is a rare fight movie in which we don't want to see either fighter lose.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2011
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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Lovers of the sport and macho men in general be warned: Warrior is so beautifully constructed and emotionally engaging, the tears are almost certain to fall. Bring a hankie and/or a very discreet companion.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 8, 2011
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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Director Gavin O'Connor has turned the octagon of Ultimate Fighting into a cage of boiling family emotion.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

September 7, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Against all odds, Warrior sucks you in and leaves you thrumming with excitement.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald

September 7, 2011
Alonso Duralde
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All in all, though, Warrior wins on points, even with a resolution that didn't work for me.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

September 7, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Hardy is as good an actor as there is working today; his intensity here is amazing. Nolte hasn't been this good in a long time. And Edgerton holds his own with both.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

September 7, 2011
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Works like gangbusters -- tears will be stifled by the end of the sibling vs. sibling finale -- and most of the credit should go to Hardy, Nolte and Edgerton.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

September 7, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Skillfully made and adrenalin-fueled, Warrior is nothing like what I expected. It overcomes inescapable boxing and martial arts clichés and leaves you thoroughly sated, energized and wanting more.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 3/4

September 7, 2011
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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Old line-gargler Nolte remains an effortlessly moving presence, while Hardy and Edgerton embody their archetypes and handle the physical demands.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 6, 2011
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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A double-barreled Rocky for the mixed martial arts generations, the practically epic fight film Warrior is one of the most exhilarating surprises of this summer movie season.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

September 6, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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It's about broken families coming together. It's about economic desperation and about America getting off the ropes and recovering its fighting spirit.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

September 2, 2011
James Berardinelli
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Ultimately, this movie is more about the dark, bloody conflicts within the human heart than it is about what transpires in the cage.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 1, 2011
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The family drama resonates strongly with a resolution that, in retrospect, seems like the only way the brothers could have rediscovered blood ties. Meanwhile their fights are downright compelling.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

August 10, 2011
Joe Leydon
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An improbably effective and affecting mix of raw emotions and exciting smackdowns.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 10, 2011
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