Warrior Reviews

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Anna Smith
Time Out
September 21, 2011
This doesn't pack a punch like 'The Fighter' - but it's still a must for grapple fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
September 19, 2011
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.
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September 16, 2011
Warrior ends up feeling a lot bigger than you expect it to.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 11, 2011
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.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
September 10, 2011
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.
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William Goss
Film.com
September 9, 2011
The beats are familiar, the stakes are high, the fights are brutal, and the rewards are just.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 9, 2011
O'Connor films the fight scenes, and the fight training scenes leading up to them, with the requisite oomph.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 9, 2011
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.
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
September 9, 2011
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 | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
September 9, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 9, 2011
Director Gavin O'Connor comes out swinging in this flawed but fiercely moving family drama...Strong stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John DeFore
Washington Post
September 9, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 9, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 9, 2011
A cheap exploitation picture wrapped in miles and miles of stale would-be Oscar scenes...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 9, 2011
"Warrior" could have used a bit more guts. But it's still a knockout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 9, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 8, 2011
Yes, the coincidences are fast and furious, but both Edgerton and Hardy give powerful performances as damaged men.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
September 8, 2011
The plot is Shakespeare meets Balboa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
September 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 8, 2011
The two leads, Edgerton and Hardy, pull off their respective roles - rising above the cliches and the melodrama - with ferocity and focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 8, 2011
It is appropriately blunt, powerful and relentless, a study of male bodies in sweaty motion and masculine emotions in teary turmoil.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 8, 2011
Every time you start resisting, somehow the film makes the sale, again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 8, 2011
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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Alison Willmore
AV Club
September 8, 2011
Warrior is a man-weepie of the highest Hollywood order, a would-be Rocky for an empire in decline.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 8, 2011
This is a rare fight movie in which we don't want to see either fighter lose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
September 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
September 7, 2011
Director Gavin O'Connor has turned the octagon of Ultimate Fighting into a cage of boiling family emotion.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 7, 2011
Against all odds, Warrior sucks you in and leaves you thrumming with excitement.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 7, 2011
All in all, though, Warrior wins on points, even with a resolution that didn't work for me.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
September 6, 2011
Old line-gargler Nolte remains an effortlessly moving presence, while Hardy and Edgerton embody their archetypes and handle the physical demands.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
September 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 2, 2011
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 | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 1, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 10, 2011
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.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
August 10, 2011
An improbably effective and affecting mix of raw emotions and exciting smackdowns.