Cinderella Man 2005

Cinderella Man

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With grittiness and an evocative sense of time and place, Cinderella Man is a powerful underdog story. And Ron Howard and Russell Crowe prove to be a solid combination.

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During the Great Depression, ex-boxer James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe) works as a day laborer until his former manager Joe Gould (Paul Giamatti) offers him a one-time slot against a rising young contender. After he wins a shocking upset, Braddock goes back into the ring full time, against the wishes of his frightened wife, Mae (Renée Zellweger). Dubbed "The Cinderella Man" for his rags-to-riches story, Braddock sets his sights on the defending champion, the fearsome Max Baer (Craig Bierko).

Cast & Crew

Russell Crowe
Jim Braddock
Renée Zellweger
Mae Braddock
Bruce McGill
Jimmy Johnston
Ron Canada
Joe Jeanette
Connor Price
Jay Braddock
Ariel Waller
Rosemarie Braddock
Akiva Goldsman
Screenwriter
Thomas Newman
Original Music
Salvatore Totino
Cinematographer
Dan Hanley
Film Editor
Wynn Thomas
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Critic Reviews for Cinderella Man

All Critics (214) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (171) | Rotten (43)

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  • Aug 20, 2016
    Great inspiring film, and definitely worth seeing, even if you're not a boxing fan.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2016
    Cinderella Man stars Russell Crowe as Jim Braddock, a boxer on-the-rise until a broken hand and the Great Depression turn his world upside-down. Forced to work the docks to provide for his family, Braddock gets a second chance when his former trainer/promoter (played by Paul Giamatti in an Academy Award nominated performance) offers him a spot as a replacement fighter. This movie is based off of a true story, and, for the most part, the facts hold up. Whenever I watch a movie based on reality, I like to look into the real story to see what was exaggerated for the sake of film. Apparently, the biggest exaggeration in this movie was the portrayal of the "villain" boxer Max Baer, who in real-life was considered a gentleman instead of the crazy cliche we got on screen. My absolute favorite part of this movie was the film score. Thomas Newman, the mastermind behind the music for the Shawshank Redemption, understands emotions and creates music that matches the tone of this film perfectly. The performances from Crowe and Giamatti were also great. However, this felt like a big soap-opera. When things went south, not a scene went by when we didn't get a lingering shot of one or more characters having a case of the sads with somber music in the background. It was really overkill in my opinion. Ron Howard has directed his fair-share of emotional movies, but he really went overboard on the emotional turmoil, which is hard considering what a tough time it really was. I understand that this is a great story of a true Cinderella Man representing overcoming tough obstacles during a low point in American history, but with movies like Rocky, Million Dollar Baby, and even Ali, Cinderella Man falls short as a sports film great. The 2-hour-plus runtime drags along, forcing you to endure the melodrama longer than you'd like. Is it a bad movie? No. Forgettable? Absolutely.
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2012
    sincerly as one of the best boxing movie ive seen! the acting is brilliant and to the point and we feel about these characters, its directed shaprly, brilliantly filmed, its old style rocky that is done with spirit and heart and depth as rocky did. i like the story, which is based on a true story, the characters are really interesting, and most part, the movie is done right, i love it, its really one of the best boxing film ive seen since rocky. A+
    Juan C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Cinderella Man is a sports classic.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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