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Bleed For This (2016)



Critic Consensus: Bleed for This rises on the strength of Miles Teller's starring performance to deliver a solid fact-based boxing drama that takes a few genre clichés on the chin but keeps on coming.

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BLEED FOR THIS is the incredible true story of one of the most inspiring and unlikely comebacks in sports history. Miles Teller (Whiplash, Divergent) stars as Vinny "The Pazmanian Devil" Pazienza, a local Providence boxer who shot to stardom after winning two world title fights. After a near-fatal car accident leaves Vinny with a broken neck, he is told he may never walk again. Against all odds and doctor's orders, renowned trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart) agrees to help Vinny return to the ring just a year after the accident for what could be the last fight of his life.

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Miles Teller
as Vinny Pazienza
Aaron Eckhart
as Kevin Rooney
Katey Sagal
as Louise Pazienza
Ciarán Hinds
as Angelo Pazienza
Ted Levine
as Lou Duva
Jordan Gelber
as Dan Duva
Christine Evangelista
as Woman in Caesar's Hotel Room
Liz Carey
as Charity - Woman Freaked out by Halo
Jeanpierre Augustin
as Gilbert Dele
Peter Quillin
as Roger Mayweather
Edwin Rodriguez
as Roberto Duran
Edwin Rodrigues
as Roberto Duran
Marv Albert
as Announcers at Duran Fight
Al Bernstein
as Announcer at Duran Fight
Polly Cottam
as ER Doctor
Roy Souza
as Dr. Cotter
Sy Lee
as Master Seo
Tanya Lynch
as Woman at Twin River
Jimmy Burchfield Jr.
as Jimmy Burchfield Jr.
James Peralla
as Ray Oliviera Jr.
Portland Helmich
as Reporter at Weigh In
Kemp Harris
as Caesar's Blackjack Dealer #1
Sully Erna
as Caesar's Blackjack Dealer
Charles Dwyer
as Referee at Mayweather Fight
Stew Replogle
as Mayweather Trainer
Gary Tanguay
as Reporter in Caesar's Tunnel
Genc Jakupi
as Dele's Manager
Artie Pasquale
as Reporter at Dele Press Conference
Frank Carpano
as Announcer at Dele Fight
Gregg Trzakowski
as Doctor Post Dele Fight
Noelle Trudeau
as Foxy Lady Stripper
John Mirabella
as Friend at Social Hall
Jerry Maffeo
as Patron at Social Hall
Ted Wayman
as Reporter # 2 at Hospital
Christina Chan
as Anesthesiologisit
Alicia Barrett
as Twin River Waitress
Sonny Saggese
as Passerby #1
Michelle Migliori
as Passerby #2
Dante Palminteri
as Tonight Show Page
Adam Palazio
as Announcer #1
Mike Koutrobis
as Ring Announcer at Duran Fight
Santo Acevedo
as Duran's Trainer
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Critic Reviews for Bleed For This

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (27)

Ben Younger's Bleed for This, starring Miles Teller, distinguishes itself by doubling down on some of the tried-and-true formulas. It's a comeback times two.

November 18, 2016 | Full Review…
Associated Press
Top Critic

There's always another fight, just as there's always another boxing film.

November 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Teller is magnetic in the lead role, and he helps "Bleed for This" transcend boxing movie clichés.

November 18, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Detroit News
Top Critic

This is a boxing movie that actually gets boxing.

November 17, 2016 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

You can't shake the sense that the real Vinny Paz is far more fascinating than this basic boxing biopic.

November 17, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Tribune News Service
Top Critic

Thirty of Paz's 50 career victories were by knockout, but Bleed for This wins more narrowly, on points.

November 17, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bleed For This

An inspirational story that shows us the beauty of perseverance. A superb performance from Miles Teller, in his best performance yet, covers up the few genre clichés that mar this otherwise enjoyable underdog tale.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

Super Reviewer

Though the national stage for boxing has only seemed to grow smaller and smaller over the years Hollywood's infatuation with the sport has only grown stronger. Between Southpaw and the generally terrific Creed last year to Hands of Stone and now Bleed for This the question around the story of Vinny Pazienza was always going to be not what made it worth telling-we know what the hook is-but more what makes this film in particular worth watching as the options for such sports dramas are continually growing. One could go on to discuss the committed and rather spectacular performance that Miles Teller gives in the role Pazienza, or the cool aesthetic that matches the time period in small, effective ways, but despite the casts best efforts and writer/director Ben Younger's endeavor to paint more a portrait of a man determined to overcome the odds rather than going through the motions of another redemptive sports tale, Bleed for This unfortunately ends up reducing itself to just that. It's a difficult place to be in as the genre trappings of such a film are so familiar and so easily relied on at this point that it is difficult to conjure up any such alternate as to how to go about telling such a story. Younger clearly has a knack for visual storytelling and each of the performances on display here, with the supporting turns from Aaron Eckhart, Ciarán Hinds, and Katey Sagal standing strongly next to Teller's lead performance, are far more than competent and in fact add heavily to the overall arc these characters experience allowing them to not just remain stock characters. This is key as it's always the characters who are going to allow pieces like this to stand out. Younger and his cast are able to create fully realized human beings who come across not as functions for the purpose of this movie or who are only present to further certain plot strands, but instead as individuals who have found themselves in the circumstances of this dour situation who are each trying to figure out how best to deal with it. Sounds rousing, right? Maybe even inspiring? It certainly could be as Bleed for This has all the right moves to make it a cornerstone boxing movie, but pacing issues and a lack of any heavy emotional impact leave this one stranded in the middle of the ring. read the whole review at

Philip Price
Philip Price

Super Reviewer


I knew Aaron Eckhart was a good actor, but I never thought he could get so into character that he would go bald! Hell, I nearly went grey from how tense this film is, a rare feat considering that the boxing movie trope has been done to death and really doesn't have anywhere to go. Eckhart and Miles Teller are outstanding portraying a dramatization of true events that are based on the real situation that inspired the script that eventuated in this series of film reels that were converted to digital projections that became "Bleed for This". Yeah, all of it happened, I doubt as comically and charismatically as it is displayed here. In fact, it was probably downright miserable for Vinny Pazienza to get his neck broken and expect to rise back up in the boxing world. Here is where it diverges from the "Rocky" and "Raging Bull" film world and explores a territory of its own. Sure, there are montages, strength through adversity, and people battling their inner demons as well as their external problems. This dude was stupidly close to the point of losing his ability to walk just because he was terrified of the thought of becoming a boring shell of his former self. That is real inspiration that needs to be seen and felt in the cinematic realm. Saying "no" to being mediocre is something we have to do on a day-to-day basis, not just when things get tough. It really is that simple. "Bleed for This" is funny, sad, triumphant, angry, and uplifting all at the same time. I think Teller should stick to roles like this because it is what sets him apart and makes him shine. Much like "Whiplash" from 2014, he plays a complicated character whose simplicity makes him impossibly exceptional, warts and all. We need characters like this and more movies about them. It doesn't hurt that the film is really well made to boot.

K Nife Churchkey
K Nife Churchkey

Super Reviewer

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