Bleed For This (2016)

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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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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 (136) | Top Critics (30)

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…

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

Nov 14, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 18, 2016 | Full Review…

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

Nov 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

Nov 18, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bleed For This

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 Oakley
Christopher Oakley

Super Reviewer

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 Zieben
Lane Zieben

Super Reviewer

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

My only concern is all the boxing movies that came out in 2016 lacked heart, this movie was much better then Hands of Stone, no debate. The cast is great but the kickoff doesn't setup the rest of the movies plot, you don't really care for the rehabilitation or return to the ring. The boxing scenes are well handled and the screw removal scene is near unwatchable. There is a lot of good in this film but fails to be great. The direction just isn't at the form of the actors and it's a shame, this could've been one of the better boxing movies based on the true story itself. The film just fails to deliver a strong character driven film, which it does attempt.

Brendan Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

Super Reviewer

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