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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.
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
July 22, 2016
Emotive and charming, it doesn't add anything new to the boxing genre, but the powerful Russell Crowe interpretation is something to praise.
½ July 22, 2016
Another well told yet predictable boxing flick.
July 6, 2016
Emotionally powerful, the pressures of the Great Depression are as much of an opposition as the rival boxers.
½ July 2, 2016
Wow! Edge of my seat.
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½ June 1, 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.
May 22, 2016
Great movie based on a true story. Russle Crow is brilliant as always, he's such a believable actor it's unreal. The screenplays well written and interesting. There are a few bits that aren't true to real life, but that's Hollywood.
½ May 22, 2016
Inspirational true story movie...
May 2, 2016
Boasting knockout performances from Russell Crowe, Paul Giamatti and especially Renee Zellweger, Cinderella Man is an uncommonly engaging boxing drama for both boxing fans and novices alike, featuring an emotionally resonant depiction of the Great Depression and the uplift brought on by the titular hero to create a comprehensible epic filled with sentimental heartwarmth and gritty energy.
½ March 21, 2016
The stereotypical sports movie about a character which goes from glory to hell and back to the glory again.

The story is OK, but nothing new. Crowe performs well, but it is not one of his best movies. Giamatti is great, as always but Zellwegger is too cheesy in her role.

Just an entertaining movie without any more intentions.
March 5, 2016
Despite a plagued screenplay, Cinderella Man is a powerful underdog film that captures the power of fighting for your family. The movie is fueled by the strong performances of Crowe and Giamatti.
February 20, 2016
An inspired performance by Russell Crowe, and a great depiction of Jim Braddock
½ February 3, 2016
Great movie, very inspiring and American.
February 1, 2016
It'll make you care and tear up. No joke, this movie should exist as not just one of the best boxing movies but one of the best dramas of this century. Russell Crowe is stupendous, charming, relatable, & has the balls of a bull. Not to suggest that testicle size or the animal they belong to completely matters, Crowe dominates the role of Braddock by making us cheer for him and fear for his life all at the same time. A must-see!
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