Million Dollar Baby (2004)



Critic Consensus: Clint Eastwood's assured direction - combined with knockout performances from Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman - help Million Dollar Baby to transcend its clichés, and the result is deeply heartfelt and moving.

Movie Info

Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) is a veteran boxing trainer who has devoted his life to the ring and has precious little to show for it; his daughter never answers his letters, and a fighter he's groomed into contender status has paid him back by signing with another manager, leaving Frankie high and dry. His best friend and faithful employee Eddie Dupris is a former fighter who Frankie trained. In his last fight, Eddie suffered a severe injury, a fact that brings Frankie great guilt. One day, … More

Rating: PG-13 (for violence, some disturbing images, thematic material and language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Haggis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 12, 2005
Box Office: $100.4M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Frankie Dunn

as Maggie Fitzgerald

as Eddie `Scrap-Iron' D...

as Danger Barch

as Big Willie Little

as Billie `The Blue Bea...

as Shawrelle Berry

as Earline Fitzgerald

as Mardell Fitzgerald

as Father Horvak

as Guitarist

as Billie's Manager

as Mickey Mack

as Counterman at Diner

as Counterman at Diner

as J.D. Fitzgerald

as J.D. Fitzgerald

as Pakistani

as Little Girl in Truck

as Paramedic

as Ref #7

as Rehab Doctor

as Restaurant Owner

as Ring Doctor #1

as Ring Doctor #2

as Sally Mendoza

as Second (at Vegas Fig...

as Fan in Vegas

as Ring Announcer

as Radio Commentator

as Irish Fan #1

as Irish Fan #2

as Irish Fan #3

as Irish Fan #4

as Irish Fan #5

as Rehab Nurse

as Rehab Nurse #3

as Rehab Resident
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Critic Reviews for Million Dollar Baby

All Critics (252) | Top Critics (52)

The movie is simultaneously conventional and subversive, broad and nuanced, shamelessly manipulative and genuinely moving, a cheap sucker punch and a work of real moral weight.

Full Review… | February 27, 2015
The Atlantic
Top Critic

The only differences between this new film and its many forebears are that the young hopeful is a woman and the finish is unforeseen.

Full Review… | January 10, 2014
The New Republic
Top Critic

As an actor, Eastwood has rarely taken on a character as complex as Frankie Dunn.

Full Review… | January 10, 2014
Top Critic

A heartfelt, creditable picture.

Full Review… | February 27, 2015

I don't think it's his masterpiece, but it's a big, beautiful, sad film with unforgettable performances.

Full Review… | February 27, 2015
Sydney Morning Herald

Anyone who doesn't believe that Clint Eastwood is one of the best film-makers in America ought to see Million Dollar Baby.

Full Review… | February 27, 2015
This is London

Audience Reviews for Million Dollar Baby

This impressive feat from actor/director Clint Eastwood makes for a tearful cry, which is rare in a sports dramas, and it also says a lot about a character that remains an example of complex storytelling in films. Without stressing the twists and turns of the plot, and the obvious inclination at spoiler alert, this film is easy to clarify. What I can tell you is that this film is not an average sports drama and it is a film that centers more on atonement, guilt, and the pursuit of self-preservation and dignity. The film centers on the dynamic relationship between trainer Frankie (Eastwood) and fighter in training Maggie (Swank). Frankie is still pained about his friend Eddie (Freeman) having gone in blind in one eye because he didn't call a fight in time. Frankie now trains men in the local gym that he and Eddie own, Frankie dealing with cut work in-between fights and Eddie helping out some of the weaklings, including Danger (Baruchel) who toys around with the idea of becoming a fighter. Frankie meets Maggie while she pursues him to be her trainer, and they grow a friendship that leads to mutual trust and understanding. The way Frankie deals with the injuries of boxing, getting away from his past and yet relives it at the same time, is devastating to watch. One minute everything is starting to feel positive, and the story remains uplifting for both Frankie and Maggie, and then Frankie is faced with his past yet again. Maggie, as a character, is one of the most interesting women to be put onscreen in some time. Not only does she take interest in her future, but she does something about it, and becomes friends with Frankie, eventually taking on the role of daughter, since his own won't talk to him. She has a horrible family, a stalled past, and complete ambition, besides being feisty. There's also a priest character in the film who is very interesting and works well against Frankie's hardened demeanor and moral quandaries. By the end Frankie seems to have found closure, but he has also sacrificed a part of him that will never grow anew. It's heartbreaking, and if the ending is not ruined for you already, this is definitely going to surprise you.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

A masterpiece, plain and simple. A total knockout of a movie right to the heart. Absolutely perfect. Unforgettable and Powerful. Brilliant, remarkable and groundbreaking. It's compelling, astonishing, deeply moving, outstanding and breathtaking. Eastwood and Freeman have never been better. They have a unique and well-developed chemistry, it's always great to see these two icons work together. Morgan Freeman is extraordinary, he gives a soft spoken and riveting performance. Clint Eastwood is passionately raw and excellent, it's definitely one of the best and most emotionally naked performances of his career. Hilary Swank is magnificent. It's probably the best performance of her career. A heart wrenching and heart breaking film. A real punch of power, humor, personal triumph and devastating emotion. It's superb drama at it's very best. A towering achievement by a top artist in top form. Every scene is shot perfectly with great style. It makes you think dreams are worth fighting for. One of the finest movies ever made. A real classic that will stand with Director, Eastwood's best films like Unforgiven and Mystic River.

Al S

Super Reviewer


Eastwood's masterpiece, pure and simple, with guts and glory, respect, honor and love, and boxing (that venerable movie warhorse, trotted out again, this time with a woman as the fated underdog from nowhere), delivered humbly by Freeman, Swank and Eastwood himself.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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