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½ April 1, 2017
Extremely cheesy movie I still really enjoy about a boxer during really hard times back in the 1930's. Russell Crowe is awesome. Good movie. But so over the top with its sentiment. To a point of silliness.
March 12, 2017
Decent film, the cinematography was what stood out to me the most.
March 11, 2017
Another reason for why I love Ron Howard's movies so much.
February 19, 2017
a highly great historical piece about a man just trying to provide for his family filled with depth, great acting all around and the boxing scenes are directed to perfection.
½ February 5, 2017
Ron Howard and Russell Crowe work well together in Cinderella Man, an underdog biopic arguably uplifting.
January 30, 2017
Excellent, too bad it took me this long 2017 to see it.
½ January 27, 2017
I enjoy the sport of Boxing. Every fighter is different or at least fights for different reasons. Its no surprise that I wasn't familiar with James Braddock story as it occurred many decades ago, specifically the 30's. However it still resonates today in this generation, a man that inadvertently became the people's champ and fought to save his family from being poor and being in the streets. Braddock inspired hope and strength for those suffering from the great depression. Ron Howard recognized these attributes and creates a fine story in the sports genre of cinema.
James J Braddock is a fierce fighter in the 1930's but outside of the ring Braddock faced his toughest opponent to date reality. Braddock and his family are one of the many victims of the great depression and after braddock breaks his han in a fight he is forced to do manual labor which can come and go at any moment. This makes life hard and complicated for the Braddock's. But when his longtime friend and manager Joe Gould comes to him with an fight opportunity Braddock takes advantage of it and begins to do things in the ring that shock the world.
This is one of the great comeback boxing films. To think braddock had enough of a comeback to make with a broken arm but to also deal with his own troubles during the worst economic downfall in US history is a killer. A very well adapted script coupled with great directing from Howard
Tremendous performance from Russell crowe. he is so good at portraying true toughness in a lot of his characters. Braddock was both tough in the ring and tough in the face of the great depression which makes routing for him very easy. paul giamatti was excellent as joe gould! this role seemed like a natural fit for him, so believable. Gould and braddock both fought the same fight when it came to the recession. Crowe and giamatti really captured that great friendship and comraderiee the two had.
liked the lighting of the film. tremendous work to the editors of the film. one of the best editing moments I've ever seen in a film came when we see the knockout of john henry lewis and immediately the camera pans around and in one split motion the scene cuts to the figth with lasky, very impressive. Great cinematography especially with the boxing matches. Russell crowe looked great in each fight and you could see the intensity in the bouts. it was almost like you were in his shoes it was so up close and personal. the final fight was as thrilling to watch as the ali foreman fight in Ali.
Cinderella Man is a wonderful boxing story that any fan of the sport will love or anyone that enjoys a great comeback story.
½ December 29, 2016
"Cinderella Man" tells the redemptive story of depression-era boxer James J. Braddock. This story works on two levels. First, Braddock as a man who struggles to provide from his family when The Great Depression limits the number of jobs for working class men. Second, Braddock as a symbol of hope for all Americans who are struggling to get by. Director Ron Howard brings both of these levels together in this period drama. There has been criticism that Max Baer is inaccurately depicted as vicious bully. While he was known to be a gentleman outside of the ring, this depiction personifies the brute that he became inside of the ring; moreover, Baer is an important part of the film's symbolism as the American people must "get into the ring" with their hardships if they want to reverse their desperate situations. The period costumes and atmosphere are an important part of this film but the key to its success is Russell Crowe. He provides the emotions, expression, and believable boxing abilities necessary to connect with the audience as both a father and as a boxer. The other X-factor of this film is Paul Giamatti whose portrayal of manager Joe Gould was rightfully rewarded with an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Giamatti is one of my favorite character actors and he brings an incredible amount of heart to this performance. I was rather unimpressed with Renée Zellweger as Braddock's wife. She was an Oscar nominee three years in a row (including a win for "Cold Mountain") so I always have high expectations, but I found that most of the emotion in her scenes were a result of Crowe's acting and not her own. Everything is tied together by a beautiful score by Thomas Newman that keeps us focused on the heart of the story. This heart of the story is the hopes and dreams of America which seemingly all lay on the success of Braddock, though it also works as a great boxing film. The scenes are cut in a fast-paced yet easy to follow manner, which probably accounts of the Best Editing Oscar nomination. "Cinderella Man" is a solid picture that will please a diverse grouping of audience members. This is a great choice whether you are feeling down and looking for inspiration or simply in the mood to experience some American history.
½ December 27, 2016
Even if you are not a big fan of boxing movies, you can't forget the final fight between James Braddock and Max Baer.
½ November 25, 2016
I personally like this one more than most of the Rocky series (please don't kill me). The final fight is absolutely epic.
½ November 15, 2016
Russel Crowe lived the part and owned it. Renee Z was , as usual, natural connected to the male dominant in her out/soft spoken respectful reverence....a good wife, beautiful person. Scenes melded into and through one another seamlessly. A captivating drama/action film that is all heart. A+
½ November 13, 2016
A well-acted solid effort by all parties involved. Cinderella Man is a little over dramatic, and over the top but the performances keep you with it even though you know the result of this well in advance. While there is a lot that is made up to enhance the story, the crux is underdog vs. behemoth.
November 10, 2016
i thought it was a pretty good boxing movie
October 14, 2016
Directed by Ron Howard and based on a true story, "Cinderella Man" is an enjoyable and thrilling underdog story about boxing legend James Braddock who literally fights to put food on the table for his family, However, what he doesn't realize is that the whole country is rooting for him as he is the only entertainment that can cheer up a nation that is struggling through the Great Depression.

The boxing sequences are decent, not "Rocky" level though, and the heart-wrenching underdog story is the perfect combination of touching and powerful. Russell Crowe plays Braddock with such grittiness, but also with a full heart, that his performance is highly memorable in addition to Renée Zellweger who plays his wife. However, Paul Giamatti steals the show with performance as Braddock's trainer and manager.
½ August 22, 2016
Misleading title, great movie. Howard delivers an excellent film that is sure to inspire us all. Crowe's portrayal of boxer Jimmy Braddock is great, and luckily the movie forgoes the usual boxing cliches, albeit a bit long.
Super Reviewer
August 20, 2016
Great inspiring film, and definitely worth seeing, even if you're not a boxing fan.
August 8, 2016
In the center of a dark, smoky room, one strapping man pounds away at another to entertain the crowd of howling, angry businessman dressed in grey and black suits. In the cellar of a crumbling an apartment, three children huddle underneath a tattered blanket to keep warm. At the gate to the docks, a mob of fathers bash against the iron fence all fighting for a shift to put food on the table. Cinderella Man has an incredible sense of the time and place and circumstances of its story. It looks dark, ragged and vintage with its period clothing and architecture. It feels desperate and gritty with its discouraged cast of characters and dreary settings. If for nothing else, the film should be appreciated for how effectively it captures the desperate mood and decrepit aesthetic of the Depression.

It has an undeniable spirit and grit. The matches are burly, bloody and thrilling to behold in the beautiful, smoky atmosphere of the boxing ring and they give both the characters and audience a distraction from the otherwise sad circumstances of the story. The heart of the film is James' fall and dramatic rise, but the film is not really a character study. There are no inner conflicts or introspective monologues here. Russell Crowe is an ordinary good guy with a strict moral code. He's likable, but not complex. Normally it wouldn't work, but it works here because the conflict is between this very regular man and extraordinarily circumstances that strip away everything he has. The film is powerful because it celebrates a victory during a time of so much loss. In portraying that idea, the filmmakers succeeded. It is an immensely cathartic and satisfying film.
½ August 7, 2016
Backed by an incredible performance by Russell Crowe, Cinderella Man shines as a heartfelt redemption story.
July 26, 2016
Such a great and inspiring movie! Excellent casting! Great sets! Excellent directing, almost as if you can feel the blows yourself!
½ July 24, 2016
Maybe if Braddock was played by a different actor this movie get's half a star more .....but so who so a cool picture ! SOMDVD
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