Bleed For This

Critics 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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User Ratings: 8,796
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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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Cast

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
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 (138) | Top Critics (35)

  • Teller is appreciably committed to the character, but he's only given one note to play, his full-bodied passion wasted on a movie that would rather win on points than go for the knockout.

    Nov 14, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Younger jacks up the action in the last third, but the air goes out of a fight movie when you can see the next jab coming.

    Nov 14, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A solid, but unremarkable drama.

    Nov 14, 2018 | Full Review…

    Mark Kermode

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • No flatfoot, no knockout, writer-director Ben Younger's "Bleed for This" wins on points.

    Nov 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The worst thing about boxing films is the boxing... Bleed for This, thankfully, knows these pitfalls.

    Dec 2, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • It never questions or qualifies its upbeat message, but it's watchable, well-crafted stuff, strongly acted, with a very funny opening "weigh-in" sequence, as Vinny desperately tries to sweat off excess pounds with minutes to go.

    Dec 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bleed For This

  • Aug 04, 2018
    I am glad that this story was celebrated through film, it is a true heroes journey. There are things in the direction I did not like, but I thought the cast was great. Well written story keeps it interesting and funny.
    Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2018
    True story of boxer Vinny Pazienza who overcomes a tragedy to return to the ring. It has many been there seen it before moments but Miles Teller is wonderful as is Hinds, Eckhart and Sagal! Worth watching! 06-02-2018
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2017
    Bleed for This adds to a long line of boxing films success not for its fighting, but for its unbelievable story of courage and resistance. The never-say-quit attitude for Vinny Pazienza is endearing instead of annoying. Miles Teller puts forth a compelling performance. Aaron Eckhart compliments him well. Those two really make the movie for what it is. The fight scenes don't necessarily come off as ground breaking. We've certainly seen better choreography in other boxing films before, but it's the scenes between the fights that keep you entertained and involved. While you coast through this film, you can't help but wonder how exciting of a person Vinny is behind the scenes. It doesn't quite get the success of his career across the viewers, but it does give you insight into his prolific comeback, which deserves in its own right a story to be told.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2017
    A decently performed and executed come-from-behind boxing movie that gets you to keep watching despite your knowledge of having seen it all before.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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