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Cinderella Man Reviews


Time Out
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November 16, 2011
David Ansen
Newsweek
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Howard's movie skillfully delivers that primal, heart-pounding satisfaction that is the promise of all boxing tales.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

November 1, 2007
Jay Ruttenberg
Time Out
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As for the fights themselves, Howard brings nothing new to the canvas. Like the movie as a whole, they work fine enough, even while encased in leaden certitude.

Full Review Source: Time Out

August 17, 2007
Mark Salisbury
Time Out
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The fight scenes have a stinging authenticity and, although at 144 minutes it outstays its welcome, this is Howard's best film since Apollo 13

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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A superficially rousing portrait of Depression-era legend James J. Braddock.

Full Review Source: AV Club

September 26, 2005
Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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The joy is in the playing, and Ron Howard pulls out all the stops like the organist at the old Madison Square Garden.

Full Review Source: Film.com

September 14, 2005
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The storytelling is fluid and gripping.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 3/4

June 11, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Just an O.K. vintage fight movie.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

June 9, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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The thing that ultimately makes it a classic in the pantheon of American movies is the way it reveals something about the idealism, strength, grace and grit of the American Dream.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

June 7, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Cinderella Man is a movie about the indomitability of the American spirit, and those are always far less interesting than movies about actual people.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

June 3, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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This is an utterly predictable, thoroughly manipulative and thunderously obvious movie. I wouldn't change a frame of it.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 3, 2005
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Howard has got but a single message to deliver here -- boxer Braddock as the populist American hero of the Depression era - and he beats us over the head with his uplifting haymaker until we're crumbled on the canvas and crying for mercy.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 3, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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We're in an almost irony-free zone, where everything is exactly as it seems, and no subtexts are available for subtext-fanatics.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

June 3, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Ron Howard's Depression-era ode to second chances and noble contests, filmed here last summer, is not just another boxing movie or just another picture. It's a completely absorbing and artfully made fairy tale that just so happens to be true.

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

June 3, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Easily the best American film so far this year.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

June 3, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Pardon its dust, and you'll be rewarded with a moving story of a time gone by, and of an unexpected hero.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 3, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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With Russell Crowe in literal fighting trim and a splendid supporting cast, this is a boxing pic built on classic lines, and one of the best movies of the summer.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

June 3, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Like its hero, it stubbornly gets the job done.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 3, 2005
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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The fight scenes hurt, not because they're edited like quicksilver or nimbly staged -- they are -- but because we are made to care so deeply for the title character.

| Original Score: 4/4

June 3, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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If you used to love the movies, Cinderella Man will remind you of the movies you loved.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

June 3, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Crowe's performance as this Seabiscuit of the sweet science will no doubt make the middleweight Cinderella Man a contender -- an Oscar contender.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 3, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A grand piece of old-fashioned Hollywood filmmaking that is easily the best movie of the year so far.

| Original Score: A+

June 3, 2005
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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Braddock only wants another shot at boxing to buy milk for the kids. Cue the heavenly choir.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

June 3, 2005
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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We needed heroes in the 1930s, and we need them today, and Cinderella Man is the unashamed story of a hero.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

June 3, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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If you're the sort of occasional moviegoer who feels they don't make 'em like they used to -- well, you're right. Except that Howard and Russell Crowe have just proved you wrong.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 3, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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So square it makes the original Rocky look cutting edge and Million Dollar Baby positively avant-garde by comparison.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

June 3, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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In telling the story of heavyweight champion Jimmy Braddock, Howard creates a hero who's not operating out of a pumped-up sense of himself.

| Original Score: B+

June 3, 2005
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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The first film in terms of Oscar hopefuls this year that can truly be considered a contender.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

June 3, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Most serious movies live in a world of cynicism and irony, and most good-hearted movie characters live in bad movies. Here is a movie where a good man prevails in a world where every day is an invitation to despair.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 2, 2005
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Howard hurts our ability to enjoy this good story by pushing its plot points too insistently.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

June 2, 2005
Mike Clark
USA Today
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I've never seen a boxing movie that has so convinced me I was seeing a pro bout both real and sustained.

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

June 2, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Crowe gives another solid performance, and Paul Giamatti (Sideways, American Splendor) adds to his shining reputation as a top character actor by playing Braddock's lippy manager, Joe Gould.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 2, 2005
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Ron Howard's film about the heavyweight boxer James J. Braddock is a shamefully ingratiating old-fashioned weepie.

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

June 2, 2005
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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Howard's relentless and flat-footed attack on our sympathies slips into monotony. The first half drags on for longer than it should, as we're told over and over that people were poor, very poor. Depressed even. Because it was the Depression.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

June 2, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Crowe's burly poignancy hits you foursquare in the ribs -- right above the ticker. This feels old-fashioned, pure and meat-and-potatoes simple. It's an Irish stew movie.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

June 2, 2005
David Edelstein
Slate
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It's schmaltzy -- but it's schmaltz veined with foie gras.

Full Review Source: Slate

June 2, 2005
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's a thrilling story, all the more amazing for being true.

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

June 2, 2005
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The conventional wisdom is that Howard is a sentimentalist who needs Crowe to give his films edge. I prefer to think of the director as one in the handful of Hollywood filmmakers who still know how to make mass entertainment not based on a comic book.

| Original Score: 4/4

June 2, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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No opportunity for sentimental editorializing goes unseized.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 2, 2005
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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Cinderella Man consistently delivers less than it wants to by trying for more than it should. The movie tells the story of Braddock's life as redemptive fairy tale, fitting the fighter for a glass slipper that ends up being the movie's glass jaw.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

June 2, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Not only is Cinderella Man Howard's best movie, it is also his most personal and deeply felt.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

June 2, 2005
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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There probably isn't a filmmaker anywhere, other than the redoubtable Steven Spielberg himself, who's as adroit as Howard at grabbing the mass viscera and squeezing it at just the right intervals.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

June 2, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It's hard to guess how much of the beautiful science Academy members can take, but let's worry about that next February.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: A-

June 2, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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How exceptional a film actor is Russell Crowe? So exceptional that in Cinderella Man, he makes a good boxing movie feel at times like a great, big picture.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

June 1, 2005
Ed Halter
Village Voice
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Despite the tale's dusty pedigree, Ron Howard spins a ticket-worthy two-plus hours of movie-movie entertainment.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 31, 2005
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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A godsend to anybody who yearns for cinema to be a bringer of good tidings.

May 31, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This is a rousing, thrilling and inspirational biopic from a director and a star who have now collaborated on two Academy Award level films.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

May 24, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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It lands a few solid punches, but never achieves anything close to a knock-out.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 24, 2005
Robert Koehler
Variety
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Cinderella Man takes the almost impossibly perfect elements of the saga of underdog boxer James J. Braddock and fills it with emotional gravitas, wrenching danger and a panoramic sense of American life during the Great Depression.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 20, 2005
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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A superbly acted, beautifully shot, highly engaging drama that ranks as one of Howard's best efforts.

May 19, 2005
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