Because we aren't deeply invested in Micky, we don't care as much as we should, and the film ends on a note that should be triumph but feels more like simple conclusion.
I kind of understand what Ebert is saying we have seen this before. This film does not look like Million Dollar Baby, but I still may want to see it.
Dec 16 - 08:12 AM
I have a stong feeling that Ebert will be eating his words when is time for nominations because this movie is a definite K.O.
Dec 16 - 10:15 AM
Why should he be eating his words? It's simply his opinion, he has nothing to be ashamed of.
Dec 16 - 10:29 AM
and really, eating?
Dec 16 - 03:52 PM
Wow man, talk about being an insensitve prick! I don't care if you are being sarcastic or not, Ebert had thyroid cancer and is now unable to eat solid foods. To say what you said is just disgusting!
Dec 17 - 07:45 AM
Thank you, defender of the moral high ground. Your righteousness is just awesome!
Dec 19 - 07:57 AM
I can't tell whether or not you're being sarcastic, but good comment either way.
Dec 20 - 04:39 PM
It's a figure of speech...I'm sure he didn't mean anything by it, or have any clue of the details surrounding Ebert's personal life.
Dec 19 - 02:10 PM
Actually it was his salivary glands. (I'm from his hometown and go to his great film festival every year.) Thanks for sticking up for him though that was a pretty rotten comment.
May 21 - 09:39 AM
May 21 - 10:00 AM
How would the movie winning awards affect him in any way?
Dec 25 - 02:56 PM
In my opinion, I thought the movie was brilliant. I cared what happened to Micky, he is quiet and stoic, because he is loyal to his family. I truly enjoyed this movie which I can't say about many movies this year. Christian Bale is phenominal, and the other three, Wahlberg, Adams and Leo are great.
Dec 19 - 05:06 AM
i have met micky ward a few times being from the same area and this was very good tribute to him. He was never the best fighter but no one would out work him. The movies is a good tribute to him
Dec 22 - 07:41 PM
I find it interesting that people on here go to every single bad review on a movie they like and berate the reviewer.....unless that reviewer is Ebert. I don't know what that says, but it says something.I suppose it's probably because he's completely right. But that doesn't stop a lot of people for going berserk nonetheless.
Dec 28 - 12:12 PM
I respect Ebert's knowledge of film and understand that every boxing movie will be compared to Raging Bull or Rocky. On the other hand, after watching the film I thought Micky's behavior/personality was quite clear. His brother was always his hero and obviously his mother controlled the thinking of the entire family and everything was about Dicky. There's even a scene when one of the sisters disagrees with Alice only to be berated in front of the family. Micky never believed in himself, always trusting his brother and mother, until he found out that he could be better. This is also shown in the fight which he wins to get the title bout. He gets pounded and pounded and everybody is saying that he's not good enough. This is basically the same as the verbal assaults he puts up with every day from his family.It's also quite funny that Christian Bale's performance as Dicky, and the mother, Alice, steal the movie. It almost mirrors the life that Micky lived. Finally, I can't help but be reminded of the David O. Russell explosion from the I Heart Huckabees outtake every time I see the family fights.
Jan 3 - 08:14 AM
I thought the movie was stupid. Why do peopel care about a boxer turned drug addict and his stupid brother.. and of course in the end, he wins- no duh really. How predictable. The rest of the movie was about the annoying pretentious family members, micky's lame relationship with his stupid girlfriend who jumps into everything as if she owns it all, and his brother's crack life. I'm not sure why this is hailed as so great...but apparently anything is these days. It was entertaining enough and kept your attention but nothing to rave about.
Jan 4 - 11:42 PM
Bad trolls are bad.
Jan 13 - 10:16 PM
theres only one problem i can find with what you just said: your a freaking idiot
Feb 11 - 03:40 PM
I enjoyed the movie very much but I understand what Ebert is saying. Unlike movie snobs like Armond White, Ebert is able to make conclusions that make sense. Looking back on the film, I was much more involved with the life of Dicky Ward instead of Mickey and that shouldn't be. In my mind, it didn't hurt the film because of how great of a performance Bale did. But i can understand why Ebert disliked it for that reason. Bale also out performed Wahlberg by a mile and that is probably why I was much more interested in his character than in Mickey's. The film was clique but it's based on a true story so you can't not make it clique. Great film, great performances (minus Wahlberg because I think he's an overrated actor).
Jan 7 - 08:37 AM
Surprising review...The expert direction and perfect performances by Leo and Bale surpass any possible flaws in my favorite film of 2010. The reality of the story supports any character weakness by Mickey.
Jan 7 - 09:50 AM
Excellent acting by Bale. But fight scenes were unrealistic - compare to Raging Bull, Million Dollar Baby, and even Rocky. C'mon directors! Glad I saw this though instead of Fockers. Thanks RT.
Jan 7 - 11:21 PM
Funny how you preferred Gulliver's Travels to this.
Jan 15 - 10:50 AM
Wow idiot. He doesn't compare family comedies to boxing drama's!! Jackass, his scores are relative not absolute! He's not going to compare Hellboy to Mystic River!
Feb 23 - 03:18 PM
Feb 23 - 03:19 PM
Coming from someone who says A Clockwork Origin and Blade Runner were bad, and not to mention how he said the piece of crap Knowing was 4/4
Jan 28 - 01:43 AM
Clockwork Orange was bad, but Blade Runner wasn't.
Mar 19 - 05:26 PM
Ebert has Blade Runner on his Greatest Films so I don't see how you can say that he doesn't like it... also the Fighter is a kind of an awful film, it has all the flaws a biopic can, Bale was good, but Leo overacted and all the family scenes that were supposed to be dramatic felt empty and boring. It's not the only film I dislike that almost everyone loves, but it is the only film I can categorize as such in which I sincerely don't see the appeal at all..
Jan 12 - 01:47 PM
As much as I hate half of Ebert's reviews, he's dead on accurate. There was nothing anyone learned about Micky the entire movie. In fact, you knew and learned far more about Dickey. You don't even know what went wrong in Micky's first marriage, the complete reason for the animosity, etc. Zero. At the end of the film there wasn't any excitement -- look in the boxing ring. It was all soft Hollywood moments, nothing even approaching an emotional moment. It was sad. This movie went out with a whimper. Million Dollar Baby made this look like a cold documentary with an emotional crackhead who is actually more of the center of attention. Not a great film. Excellent performance by Bale and Leo, who didn't have much of any character development either.
Jan 30 - 10:06 PM
I guess... Ebert is no longer the best American film critic...
Feb 6 - 08:36 PM
It's 2Â½/4. It's not like he gave it 1 Star.
Feb 23 - 03:17 PM