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The Wrestler Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
The most interesting aspect of the film is its depiction of the irreconcilable difference between someone's public and private personae.
Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2014
As the film points out, wrestling may be fixed, but it certainly ain't fake. This may be a film, but it certainly ain't fake either.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
Darren Aronofsky's filmmaking in The Wrestler is the most subtle and nuanced he's ever done.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
The movie is populated with real wrestlers, and it makes sure to nail all the little details.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Ali Gray
September 29, 2012
Emotional and engaging, The Wrestler is a masterful piece of work that deserves every award the Academy can throw at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 29, 2011
Rourke makes you feel every ache, disappointment and battle scar, both inside and out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 16, 2011
The Mick is back.
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Savour one of cinema's rawest talents finally powerslamming his way to glory and be grateful that Aronofsky dragged himself off the ropes on countless occasions to convince the money men to finance the movie with such a seemingly unbankable lead actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dave White
April 4, 2011
[Rourke's] performance here is so good and unshowy that you wind up almost happy to keep watching that mangled mug struggle for redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nick Rogers
December 15, 2010
There was no character to root for more strongly in spite of himself in 2008 than Randy the Ram, and "The Wrestler" spat and bled his physical poetry - an elegy of emasculation and exhaustion building, in its final shot, to all the exhilaration he needed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 13, 2010
Rourke doesn't need makeup to look this permanently damaged these days, and some of the emotional scars in his performance probably run painfully close to reality as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
Luis Martinez
March 11, 2010
Gran actuación, gran película, 109 minutos sin desperdicio a dos de tres caídas. Recomendable sin duda alguna.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
December 24, 2009
Whatever mistakes and indignities and turmoil led Mickey Rourke to where he is now, whatever demons have plagued him -- they all lead to the 1 hour and 55 minutes of magnificence that is his performance in' The Wrestler.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 15, 2009
Despite the low-tech feel, The Wrestler is very tight and disciplined. The score is spare but effective, nothing is wasted in dialogue or action, and the fight choreography and stunts are incredible. Rourke is phenomenal.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anders Wotzke
October 31, 2009
It's brutal yet sincere, funny yet solemn -- Darren Aronofsky has made a remarkable film that expertly depicts the reality of a sport it both honours and berates.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
It's a testament to Mr. Rourke's talent that Randy's life and attempted redemption never devolve into maudlin, unearned sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Blake French
August 2, 2009
The Best Film of 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Paul Chambers
July 18, 2009
Any film that can make you feel the utter loneliness of a character like Mickey Rourke's is one that you can totally endorse. Yes, he's as good as they say.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
May 15, 2009
I don't know if I've ever seen an actor more honest and vulnerable on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 11, 2009
Rourke wears his scars (both physical and emotional) with such naked humanity that his performance becomes a kind of on-screen outpouring of his own grief and waylaid potential
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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