• R, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Darren Aronofsky
    In Theaters:
    Sep 5, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 21, 2009
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures

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The Wrestler Reviews

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

Darren Aronofsky's filmmaking in The Wrestler is the most subtle and nuanced he's ever done.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A

February 20, 2014
Will Leitch
Deadspin

The movie is populated with real wrestlers, and it makes sure to nail all the little details.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: A-

June 22, 2013
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk

Emotional and engaging, The Wrestler is a masterful piece of work that deserves every award the Academy can throw at it.

Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk | Original Score: 5/5

September 29, 2012
Neil Pond
American Profile

Rourke makes you feel every ache, disappointment and battle scar, both inside and out.

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 4/5

September 29, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

The Mick is back.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 16, 2011
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

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 Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 5/5

July 14, 2011
Dave White
Movies.com

[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 Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 4, 2011
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

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 Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

December 15, 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 Source: DCist | Original Score: 9.5/10

June 13, 2010
Luis Martinez
Cinenganos

Gran actuación, gran película, 109 minutos sin desperdicio a dos de tres caídas. Recomendable sin duda alguna.

Full Review Source: Cinenganos | Original Score: 4/5

March 11, 2010
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

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 Source: Florida Times-Union | Original Score: 4/4

December 24, 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 Source: Cinerina | Original Score: 5/5

December 15, 2009
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex

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 Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 31, 2009
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

It's a testament to Mr. Rourke's talent that Randy's life and attempted redemption never devolve into maudlin, unearned sentimentality.

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 30, 2009
Blake French
Filmcritic.com

The Best Film of 2008

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

August 2, 2009
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio

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 Source: CNNRadio | Original Score: A-

July 18, 2009
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

I don't know if I've ever seen an actor more honest and vulnerable on screen.

Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Original Score: 4/4

May 15, 2009
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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 Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 4/4

May 11, 2009
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Topping off an outstanding production, director Darren Aronofsky's ending to The Wrestler is sheer perfection.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 87/100

May 6, 2009
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Rourke's performance is gritty and real for sure and the tender moments ring true. But let's not go overboard. It's practically a reality show.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B

May 1, 2009
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