Cinderella Man Reviews

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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.
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
September 26, 2005
A superficially rousing portrait of Depression-era legend James J. Braddock.
September 14, 2005
The joy is in the playing, and Ron Howard pulls out all the stops like the organist at the old Madison Square Garden.
August 16, 2005
Crowe is at his best in the ring and while it's hardly surprising that he's a convincing bruiser, he also manages to make a rather one-note character compelling.
June 11, 2005
The storytelling is fluid and gripping.
June 9, 2005
Just an O.K. vintage fight movie.
Top Critic
June 7, 2005
The thing that ultimately makes it a classic in the pantheon of American movies is the way it reveals something about the idealism, strength, grace and grit of the American Dream.
June 3, 2005
Cinderella Man is a movie about the indomitability of the American spirit, and those are always far less interesting than movies about actual people.
June 3, 2005
This is an utterly predictable, thoroughly manipulative and thunderously obvious movie. I wouldn't change a frame of it.
June 3, 2005
Howard has got but a single message to deliver here -- boxer Braddock as the populist American hero of the Depression era - and he beats us over the head with his uplifting haymaker until we're crumbled on the canvas and crying for mercy.
June 3, 2005
We're in an almost irony-free zone, where everything is exactly as it seems, and no subtexts are available for subtext-fanatics.
June 3, 2005
Ron Howard's Depression-era ode to second chances and noble contests, filmed here last summer, is not just another boxing movie or just another picture. It's a completely absorbing and artfully made fairy tale that just so happens to be true.
June 3, 2005
Easily the best American film so far this year.
June 3, 2005
Pardon its dust, and you'll be rewarded with a moving story of a time gone by, and of an unexpected hero.
June 3, 2005
With Russell Crowe in literal fighting trim and a splendid supporting cast, this is a boxing pic built on classic lines, and one of the best movies of the summer.
June 3, 2005
Like its hero, it stubbornly gets the job done.
June 3, 2005
The fight scenes hurt, not because they're edited like quicksilver or nimbly staged -- they are -- but because we are made to care so deeply for the title character.
June 3, 2005
If you used to love the movies, Cinderella Man will remind you of the movies you loved.
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