Cinderella Man Reviews

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November 18, 2019
In a season where adult films are at a minimum, it is a breath of fresh air.
April 26, 2019
Even Howard and Goldsman's penchant for being over-sentimental doesn't scupper the emotional punch Braddock's story packs. That's largely down to Crowe's utterly convincing performance.
August 24, 2017
The complexities of genuine human beings have no place in a Ron Howard production. This is film where a good woman stands behind her man, children listen to their father, and the Great Depression is described as a bit of hard times.
March 18, 2011
It ain't no Rocky, but it ain't half bad.
July 6, 2010
The affection for Braddock and his story can be felt in every frame and heard in every word.
April 29, 2009
The final justification that Russell Crowe is without a doubt one of the best actors to come along in years.
February 27, 2009
A very solid cast, one of the most reliable directors in Hollywood, and one of the most malleable subjects in film make Cinderella Man one of the best films of 2005 thus far.
January 16, 2009
Cinderella Man plays like a movie actively hunting for awards. But it's also a pretty darn good story.
July 31, 2008
Handsome, manipulative, simplistic. It packs an uplift that bludgeons you into submission.
November 1, 2007
Howard's movie skillfully delivers that primal, heart-pounding satisfaction that is the promise of all boxing tales.
August 17, 2007
As for the fights themselves, Howard brings nothing new to the canvas. Like the movie as a whole, they work fine enough, even while encased in leaden certitude.
July 14, 2007
Cinderella Man is a contender, but it's not exactly a knockout.
May 7, 2007
A cross between Seabiscuit (because of the Depression) and Rocky (because of the sport), yet a fine enough film to stand on its own, even if the production falls short of both in terms of its emotional punch.
April 19, 2007
And as far as Cinderella's pumpkins go, though the movie ends with Braddock's boxing triumph in Hollywood's notorious freeze-frame approach to history, both Braddock and Baer went on to be decked by Joe Louis.
February 22, 2007
As entertaining and uplifting a film as we'll get all year.
October 30, 2006
At moments it almost had me, but for the most part I just felt cold and watched with all the interest of a disgruntled spectator.
September 22, 2006
A fine alternative to the louder and more brainless summer movies competing with it -- an excellent drama that relies on heart and action instead of schmaltz and melodrama.
July 21, 2006
Howard may have replicated the family scenes as accurately as if he'd found film from a camera hidden in the walls of the original Braddock apartment, and yet the movie can't shake the sense that the scenes away from the boxing ring are somehow false
July 6, 2006
The film wallows in the poverty and degradation of Crowe and his family, which is a real downer for a supposed feel-good movie . . .
June 24, 2006
The fight scenes have a stinging authenticity and, although at 144 minutes it outstays its welcome, this is Howard's best film since Apollo 13
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