• PG-13, 2 hr. 13 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Clint Eastwood
    In Theaters:
    Dec 15, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 12, 2005
  • Warner Bros. Pictures


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Million Dollar Baby Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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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 Source: The New Republic

January 10, 2014
David Ansen
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As an actor, Eastwood has rarely taken on a character as complex as Frankie Dunn.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

January 10, 2014

Total Film

With Mystic River, Clint stared down loss and revenge. Here, he's made an elegiac and beautifully measured film about the power of love.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

January 10, 2014
Leah Rozen
People Magazine

Onscreen, Eastwood is solid as granite, getting maximum effect by doing the minimum required in a scene but doing it with precisely the right inflection or look. Swank is sensational, proving her breakout turn in Boys Don't Cry was no fluke.

Full Review Source: People Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

January 10, 2014
Damon Wise
Radio Times

Morgan Freeman is impressive as Dunn's crumpled sidekick, and Oscar winner Swank is terrific, too, but this is Clint's film, both as its tortured hero and as a great American director.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

January 10, 2014
Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Yes, Million Dollar Baby is about the grit and glory of boxing. It's about the count, the bell and the gloves in the air, but also about the human heart and all the tenderness and strength it can muster. And in both corners, it's a knockout.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: 4/5

January 10, 2014
Amy Taubin
Film Comment Magazine

Age has clenched Clint Eastwood's face tight as a fist, but he has never been more tender, vulnerable, and heartbroken than in Million Dollar Baby.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 19, 2013
David Edelstein
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It's impressive, in the sense that a sucker-punch impresses itself on your skull.

Full Review Source: Slate

February 24, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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It is thoughtful, unfashionable, measured, mostly honest, sometimes clumsy or remote, often exciting, occasionally moving and eventually surprising. It's correct.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

February 24, 2013
David Germain
Associated Press
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Barely a year after the release of Mystic River, Clint Eastwood delivers a second consecutive drama that fearlessly probes the shadows of human morality without falling back on easy answers.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

February 24, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Perhaps the director's most touching, most elegiac work yet, Million Dollar Baby is a film that does both the expected and the unexpected, that has the nerve and the will to be as pitiless as it is sentimental.

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

February 24, 2013
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Violent Oscar winner is inspiring but too intense for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 26, 2010
Cole Smithey

"Million Dollar Baby" is a tragic film about an innately paternal man's desperate need to overcome his own emotional traps and the loyal girl who facilitates his growth by her steely will and stubborn drive.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B+

April 18, 2009

This is an actor's piece, and Eastwood, Freeman, and Swank all deliver performances equal to or perhaps greater than any they've done in recent memory.

Full Review Source: CHUD | Original Score: 9.3/10

February 27, 2009
Tony Macklin
Bright Lights Film Journal

Million Dollar Baby adds to Clint Eastwood's legacy in ways we might not have expected. It explores emotional terrain as he hasn't done before, and it gives him a kind of role that he has never had before.

Full Review Source: Bright Lights Film Journal | Original Score: 4.0/5

February 2, 2009
Kit Bowen

Just when you think he should be retiring, Clint Eastwood throws another one-two punch.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 4/5

November 20, 2008
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Like Eastwood, it's a relic that dazzles you with its footwork, daring and class.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 1, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

This is Eastwood's weakest work in years, perhaps because it yokes itself to a hot-button theme instead of a story that resonates.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

July 18, 2008
Brandon Fibbs

A devastating act of mercy for one character may very well cost the soul of another.

Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Original Score: 8/10

February 28, 2008

After the somewhat hysterical Mystic River - a flawed work dominated by a powerhouse performance from Sean Penn - this is a far more balanced piece, anchored by three terrific turns and some lean direction from Eastwood.

Full Review Source: Film4

February 20, 2008
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