• 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

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
Newsweek
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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
David Edelstein
Slate
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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
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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby is a masterpiece, pure and simple, deep and true.

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

February 6, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Quietly quite magnificent.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Though conventional in many respects, it feels like no other boxing film ever made, due largely to Eastwood's unmistakable presence on both sides of the camera.

Full Review Source: AV Club

September 26, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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[A] solid boxing drama.

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

January 28, 2005
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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A glorious knockout punch of a movie.

| Original Score: 4/4

January 15, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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No movie in my memory has depressed me more than Million Dollar Baby.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 13, 2005
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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The result is the kind of movie they don't make anymore -- a real crowd-pleaser.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 7, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's rare that we see a movie that gives its characters a spiritual dimension; and rarer still that the director isn't making a heavy-handed statement with it.

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

January 7, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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One of the many pleasures of this beautifully composed, measured movie is how it reminds you of the power of pure storytelling -- an art that's too often overlooked in contemporary films in the rush for sensation and excitement.

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

January 7, 2005
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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When you think you know its moves, it throws in fancy footwork. Then it sucker-punches you when you're not looking.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

January 7, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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It may be that only Spencer Tracy and Paul Newman (and can someone explain to me how Eastwood and Newman have avoided making a movie together?) aged as well and as interestingly onscreen.

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

January 7, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's a weeper, a fighter, a dreamer of a film that treads on ground that's been fairly trampled over the years. It should stink. Instead, it's flat-out wonderful.

| Original Score: A-

January 7, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Eastwood takes another whack at the cliches on which his career was built. He's made a deliberately paced and surprisingly provocative movie about the toll of failure and the torments of responsibility.

| Original Score: A-

January 7, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Confident, powerful, a thing of deceptively effortless beauty, Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby shifts its weight in the late rounds -- having seduced us with a gritty underdog tale -- and delivers a body blow.

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

January 7, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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It is Clint Eastwood's autumnal masterpiece.

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

January 7, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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As Maggie, Swank is a package of dynamite, a determined soul with too much to prove and too little time to do it in, to worry about defeat. Eastwood is so good in this movie, it almost feels like cheating.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 6, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The new picture takes its time, gives its actors room to breathe, and isn't afraid to strike a hokey note if it reveals something important. Real life, after all, is full of hokiness.

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

January 6, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Million Dollar Baby is one for the books. It could have gone wrong in ways that would reduce it to a series of stereotypes. But it never does.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A

January 6, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Saying this movie is about boxing is akin to saying Citizen Kane is about a sled.

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

January 6, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The picture uses the familiar boxing milieu -- the dingy gym, the late-night training sessions, the build-up to the Big Bout -- as background for a far more intimate and surprising love story between a surrogate father and a surrogate daughter.

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

January 6, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's a story about passion and dedication to a dream. It's a story about the need to believe in yourself and what you're doing. It's a story about lost opportunities and second chances.

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

January 6, 2005
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The performances of the three leads are perfect, so we don't care that we don't know what lies right outside the Hit Pit.

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

December 27, 2004
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It has the gloom and transcendence of an old man's wisdom.

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

December 27, 2004
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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Solemn, inflated and dull.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 18, 2004
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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An unsettling and unforgettable masterpiece of skid-row poetry that punctures the heart.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

December 16, 2004
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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A deeply knowing study of families abandoned and found, battles won and lost, dreams realized and deferred.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 16, 2004
Mike Clark
USA Today
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As good as Unforgiven. Or, to put it another way, as good as any movie Eastwood has ever directed.

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

December 15, 2004
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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A story well told about lessons well learned, and if Clint wants to keep making more like them, he should.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 4/5

December 15, 2004
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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Eastwood delivers a ferociously emotional tale that matches, and in some respects surpasses, the artistry of last year's Mystic River.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

December 15, 2004
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Eastwood scores a knockout as an actor and director with Million Dollar Baby, a spare, exquisitely realized masterpiece about faith, redemption and boxing that beautifully illustrates his longtime philosophy that 'less is more.'

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

December 15, 2004
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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A movie that approaches the level of great boxing films, like Raging Bull, by using sport as a metaphor for human nature.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 15, 2004
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Like a title bout that goes through seven rounds of friendly push and poke before exploding into a knockout combination.

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

December 15, 2004
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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The film works on every level -- acting, direction and production -- as it tells its heartfelt story about human frailty and the power of redemption.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

December 15, 2004
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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It may be a classically staged tale of an underdog's triumph, but each scene is packed with authentic feeling.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

December 15, 2004
David Denby
New Yorker
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[An] evocative and poetic boxing movie.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

December 14, 2004
John Anderson
Newsday
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Remarkable.

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

December 14, 2004
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Baby has the taut, grim, cold look of a noir out of time. It becomes a classic Eastwood movie and Frankie becomes a classic Eastwood role.

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

December 14, 2004
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Clint Eastwood's drama about a grizzled boxing trainer and a spunky young fighter is the best movie released by a major Hollywood studio this year.

Full Review Source: New York Times

December 14, 2004
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Eastwood's point of view has been seasoned enough to locate poignancy and respect for his protagonists where you least expect -- saying it's an old man's movie is a serious compliment.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 14, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Eastwood deserves another Best Picture nomination. Here's a man who has finally put Dirty Harry to rest.

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

December 13, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The knockout punch comes from Eastwood. His stripped-down performance -- as powerful as anything he's ever done -- has a rugged, haunting beauty.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

December 10, 2004
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Slow-burning drama of a determined female boxer and her hard-shelled trainer, a tale Eastwood invests with rewarding reserves of intimacy, tragedy, tenderness and bitter life knowledge.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 9, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Under Eastwood's painstakingly stripped-down direction -- his filmmaking has become the cinematic equivalent of Hemingway's spare though precise prose -- the story emerges as that rarest of birds, an uplifting tragedy.

December 6, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Deeply involving.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

December 6, 2004
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