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Warrior Reviews

September 21, 2011
This doesn't pack a punch like 'The Fighter' - but it's still a must for grapple fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 19, 2011
The movie is so skillfully made, and the performances are so convincingly real (Hardy is sensational), that, as it reaches its cathartic, winning finish, it achieves a surprising compassion and honesty.
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September 16, 2011
Warrior ends up feeling a lot bigger than you expect it to.
September 11, 2011
It's too corny to live. But the picture is a slam dunk. I mean a ground-and-pound double-leg takedown. It's really gripping.
September 10, 2011
Warrior's three principle characterizations are compelling - Nolte in particular gives a tempered performance as the shambling, sad-eyed wreck of a dad - but not enough to mask the film's lesser elements.
September 9, 2011
The beats are familiar, the stakes are high, the fights are brutal, and the rewards are just.
September 9, 2011
O'Connor films the fight scenes, and the fight training scenes leading up to them, with the requisite oomph.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 9, 2011
For all the contemporary references, it's essentially a spin on the story of Cain and Abel, which may be the reason it feels timeless.
September 9, 2011
It's also a fight movie that knows all the fight movie cliches and doesn't shy away from embracing them wholeheartedly. But it hits its marks and hits them well, and feels fresh even as it traffics so deeply in the familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 9, 2011
Warrior is a weirdly affecting hybrid, a 100-proof melodrama that's two-thirds Sylvester Stallone and one-third Eugene O'Neill. Think Rocky's Long Day's Journey into Night.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 9, 2011
Director Gavin O'Connor comes out swinging in this flawed but fiercely moving family drama...Strong stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 9, 2011
While "Warrior" does offer enough jaw-snapping action to sate any 'roid-ragers in the audience, it works on deeper levels as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
September 9, 2011
"Warrior" could have used a bit more guts. But it's still a knockout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 9, 2011
This fictional drama about two men struggling with the anger planted in them by their abusive father has moments of power that push through a fake-out script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 8, 2011
Yes, the coincidences are fast and furious, but both Edgerton and Hardy give powerful performances as damaged men.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 8, 2011
Hits things so hard, both literally and metaphorically, that it's hard not to feel pummeled yourself by the time it's over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 8, 2011
The plot is Shakespeare meets Balboa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
September 8, 2011
The set-up sounds gallingly crude and derivative, yet "Warrior" turns it into a one-two punch of gripping action and powerful drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 8, 2011
The two leads, Edgerton and Hardy, pull off their respective roles - rising above the cliches and the melodrama - with ferocity and focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
September 8, 2011
It is appropriately blunt, powerful and relentless, a study of male bodies in sweaty motion and masculine emotions in teary turmoil.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 8, 2011
Every time you start resisting, somehow the film makes the sale, again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 8, 2011
O'Connor chucks away everything that was interesting or dark or subtle in "Warrior" and replaces it with a pseudo-individualist, sub-Freudian, Tea Party-friendly fantasy.
September 8, 2011
Warrior is a man-weepie of the highest Hollywood order, a would-be Rocky for an empire in decline.
Read More | Original Score: A-
September 8, 2011
This is a rare fight movie in which we don't want to see either fighter lose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 8, 2011
Lovers of the sport and macho men in general be warned: Warrior is so beautifully constructed and emotionally engaging, the tears are almost certain to fall. Bring a hankie and/or a very discreet companion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 7, 2011
Director Gavin O'Connor has turned the octagon of Ultimate Fighting into a cage of boiling family emotion.
September 7, 2011
Against all odds, Warrior sucks you in and leaves you thrumming with excitement.
September 7, 2011
All in all, though, Warrior wins on points, even with a resolution that didn't work for me.
September 7, 2011
Hardy is as good an actor as there is working today; his intensity here is amazing. Nolte hasn't been this good in a long time. And Edgerton holds his own with both.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 7, 2011
Works like gangbusters -- tears will be stifled by the end of the sibling vs. sibling finale -- and most of the credit should go to Hardy, Nolte and Edgerton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 7, 2011
Skillfully made and adrenalin-fueled, Warrior is nothing like what I expected. It overcomes inescapable boxing and martial arts clichés and leaves you thoroughly sated, energized and wanting more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 6, 2011
Old line-gargler Nolte remains an effortlessly moving presence, while Hardy and Edgerton embody their archetypes and handle the physical demands.
September 6, 2011
A double-barreled Rocky for the mixed martial arts generations, the practically epic fight film Warrior is one of the most exhilarating surprises of this summer movie season.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 2, 2011
It's about broken families coming together. It's about economic desperation and about America getting off the ropes and recovering its fighting spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 1, 2011
Ultimately, this movie is more about the dark, bloody conflicts within the human heart than it is about what transpires in the cage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 10, 2011
The family drama resonates strongly with a resolution that, in retrospect, seems like the only way the brothers could have rediscovered blood ties. Meanwhile their fights are downright compelling.
August 10, 2011
An improbably effective and affecting mix of raw emotions and exciting smackdowns.