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Warrior Reviews

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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
September 8, 2011
Choppy editing makes a hash out of the fight scenes, and, by the end, a Neanderthal sensibility asserts itself: A brotherly beating makes the heart grow fonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Glenn Dunks
September 8, 2013
Director Gavin O'Connor tries sprucing up the material by swapping out boxing for mixed martial arts, but it's still the same old story told the same old way. At least Real Steel had robots.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 7, 2011
Drawn-out and threadbare, its occasional moments of authentic family drama failing to carry the weight of the 140-minute running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
"Warrior" is basically an action flick for chicks. You would not believe the amount of melodrama.
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
September 7, 2011
Alas, although the acting's uniformly strong, and the film has kitchen-sink grit to spare, it errs more on the side of 1995's Rocky IV than John Avildsen's '76 original...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Grierson
Screen International
August 10, 2011
A sports film whose promise of a more nuanced take on familiar genre tropes ends up battered and bruised.
Simon Weaving
November 24, 2011
This tale of two brothers competing in a mixed martial arts contest is gritty, laboured and totally devoid of suspense or surprise, despite the best efforts of actors Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 9, 2011
O'Connor treats the brothers' stories like two separate movies, but both are cliched, and we don't learn enough about the rules of mixed martial arts to be drawn into the many, many bouts we see.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
October 25, 2011
Grainy, hand-held cinematography can't lend authenticity to the forced emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 9, 2011
A cheap exploitation picture wrapped in miles and miles of stale would-be Oscar scenes...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric Melin
September 9, 2011
... for all of its supposed realism and reflection of hard times in America, the movie plays out as complete fairy-tale nonsense. It isn't a working-class success story -- it's a working-class fantasy world.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 9, 2011
a ludicrous mashup of the dysfunctional family of "The Fighter" and the entire Rocky series.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 12, 2011
If another writer, someone that does not telegraph the entire story, was brought in to help the multiple hat-wearing O'Connor, there could have been some surprises in store for the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 16, 2011
a hodge-podge of inspirational sports movie cliches mashed with pseudo-intellectual bullpucky trying to rise above its stand as a blatant advertisement for mixed martial arts
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 6, 2011
Its most rewarding moments being the well-choreographed brutal MMA fight scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 8, 2011
All the director and co-writer Gavin O'Connor does is apply old boxing-film tricks to what is, for the movies, a new sport. Then he doubles them.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 9, 2011
Nolte's performance is masterful, marshalling together pain and regret and a slowly dawning comprehension in a single wince. But all this film has going for it besides him are its incredibly brutal fight scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 29, 2011
In Gavin O'Connor's hands ... the few-holds-barred matches are certainly the main event: subtle characterization and deep back-story are not wanted on this two-fisted voyage of the Conlon family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
November 16, 2011
Suddenly Thunderdome doesn't seem like such a pipe dream anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
September 10, 2011
...slow, predictable, woodenly acted, and utterly preposterous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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