Predictable, but solid enough.
| Original Score: 3/5
We grow to respect each character's perceptions and forgive their faults, allowing them to win us over in a jubilant finale - a far cry from the schmaltzy The Blind Side.
| Original Score: 4/5
As atuações grandiosas e marcantes só funcionam por serem ancoradas pela performance centrada e discreta do sempre subestimado Mark Wahlberg.
Bale, looking rail-thin and wideeyed, has the Oscar nomination and Golden Globe win, but it's Wahlberg who's the more memorable in a less showy role.
Wahlberg, always so physically solid, is deep inside himself in this role.
An incredible story of triumph against adversity in and out of the boxing ring.
A movie with both brains and brawn and a knockout performance from Bale, The Fighter takes a familiar rags-to-riches story and delivers a feelgood hit.
Bale steals the movie with a mesmerisingly goofy performance.
Impressively directed and superbly written, this is an emotionally arresting boxing drama with a quartet of terrific performances from Wahlberg, Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams.
The Fighter looks at first as if it is going to be a far more interesting movie than the straightforward and even rather undemanding drama we finally get.
Russell throws so much at the screen that there is little time to make your mind up.
[A] rickety, unfocused contraption of a film that sputters and chugs along without offering any hint of why its director thought it was worth making.
This is easily the most shamelessly enjoyable boxing flick since Rocky.
| Original Score: 5/5
When is a cliché not a cliché? When the cast of The Fighter delivers it, apparently.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The film bounces us from one pugilistic or domestic affray to the next, only coming to a near-standstill whenever Wahlberg gets acting space. It goes to show.
A flawed, frequently ludicrous but overwhelmingly likeable film, old-school to the core and none the worse for it.
I wouldn't go so far as to call this movie an absolute knockout, but it is certainly well worth a look.
Dare I say it? It's knockout.
This is a story about guts: having 'em, trusting 'em, spilling 'em.
Two very different but equally powerful performances combine to deliver an exhilarating fight-flick that, like its scrappy central character, is impossible not to root for.