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Cinderella Man Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 2, 2005
Its charms are skin-deep and rote, technically proficient and signifying very little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
May 24, 2005
It lands a few solid punches, but never achieves anything close to a knock-out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 2, 2005
No opportunity for sentimental editorializing goes unseized.
Todd Gilchrist
June 2, 2005
Scorsese's Raging Bull initiated the stylistic flourish of flashbulb punctuation for a flying punch, but Howard turns it into virtually his entire mise-en-scene.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 25, 2005
65 years after John Ford's wrenching The Grapes of Wrath, Hollywood seems to have concluded that the Great Depression was, in fact, a pretty great time to be alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Ruttenberg
Time Out
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.
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
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.
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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
I only wish Howard could have shaped this and the other performances a little, toning them down or leaving a bit of a rough edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Melin
June 5, 2005
...pre-digested, pre-approved...has the bullying 'stamp of quality.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 5, 2005
Glorious hokum.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 9, 2005
The events are strong enough to keep us gripped, even though the writing and direction are flat and bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
September 10, 2005
Nada mais Ú do que um repeteco de Alma de Herˇi, apenas substituindo o cavalo Seabiscuit por James J. Braddock.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 2, 2005
Cinderella Man consistently delivers less than it wants to by trying for more than it should. The movie tells the story of Braddock's life as redemptive fairy tale, fitting the fighter for a glass slipper that ends up being the movie's glass jaw.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 3, 2005
So square it makes the original Rocky look cutting edge and Million Dollar Baby positively avant-garde by comparison.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
June 5, 2005
About as subtle as an uppercut to the chin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
James O'Ehley
SA Movie & DVD Magazine
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 . . .
Sean O'Connell
June 2, 2005
Apes the Rocky series, lifting bits and pieces from all five installments...I begged for Baer to shout in his best Mr. T voice, 'I pity the fool'
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
June 2, 2005
So determined to make the audience stand up and cheer that it forgets how to generate anything lasting, other than sheer old-timey nostalgia.
Douglas Pratt
Movie City News
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
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