Million Dollar Baby

2004

Million Dollar Baby

Critics Consensus

Clint Eastwood's assured direction - combined with knockout performances from Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman - help Million Dollar Baby to transcend its clichés, and the result is deeply heartfelt and moving.

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Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) is a veteran boxing trainer who has devoted his life to the ring and has precious little to show for it; his daughter never answers his letters, and a fighter he's groomed into contender status has paid him back by signing with another manager, leaving Frankie high and dry. His best friend and faithful employee Eddie Dupris is a former fighter who Frankie trained. In his last fight, Eddie suffered a severe injury, a fact that brings Frankie great guilt. One day, Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) enters Frankie's life, as well as his gym, and announces she needs a trainer. Frankie regards her as a dubious prospect, and isn't afraid to tell her why: he doesn't think much of women boxing, she's too old at 31, she lacks experience, and has no technique. However, Maggie sees boxing as the one part of her life that gives her meaning and won't give up easily. Finally won over by her determination, Frankie takes on Maggie, and as she slowly grows into a viable fighter, an emotional bond develops between them. When a tragedy befalls one of the three characters, each comes to a decision that shows how the relationships in the film have changed them. Adapted from a short story by F.X. Toole, a former corner man with years of experience in the fight game, Million Dollar Baby also stars Morgan Freeman, Anthony Mackie, and Mike Colter. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Clint Eastwood
as Frankie Dunn
Hilary Swank
as Maggie Fitzgerald
Morgan Freeman
as Eddie `Scrap-Iron' Dupris
Jay Baruchel
as Danger Barch
Mike Colter
as Big Willie Little
Lucia Rijker
as Billie `The Blue Bear'
Anthony Mackie
as Shawrelle Berry
Margo Martindale
as Earline Fitzgerald
Riki Lindhome
as Mardell Fitzgerald
Brian F. O'Byrne
as Father Horvak
Bruce Forman
as Guitarist
Benito Martinez
as Billie's Manager
Bruce MacVittie
as Mickey Mack
David Powledge
as Counterman at Diner
Dave A. Powledge
as Counterman at Diner
Marcus Chait
as J.D. Fitzgerald
Mark Chait
as J.D. Fitzgerald
Naveen
as Pakistani
Morgan Eastwood
as Little Girl in Truck
Jamison Yang
as Paramedic
Ray Corona
as Ref #7
Ming Lo
as Rehab Doctor
Miguel Pérez
as Restaurant Owner
Jim Cantafio
as Ring Doctor #1
Ted Grossman
as Ring Doctor #2
Ned Eisenberg
as Sally Mendoza
Marco Rodriguez
as Second (at Vegas Fight)
Roy Nugent
as Fan in Vegas
Don Familton
as Ring Announcer
Mark Thomason
as Radio Commentator
Brian T. Finney
as Irish Fan #1
Spice Williams
as Irish Fan #2
Kim Strauss
as Irish Fan #3
Rob Maron
as Irish Fan #4
Kirsten Berman
as Irish Fan #5
Susan Krebs
as Rehab Nurse
Kim Dannenberg
as Rehab Nurse #3
Eddie Bates
as Rehab Resident
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Critic Reviews for Million Dollar Baby

All Critics (268) | Top Critics (58) | Fresh (243) | Rotten (25)

  • A heartfelt, creditable picture.

    Feb 27, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • I don't think it's his masterpiece, but it's a big, beautiful, sad film with unforgettable performances.

    Feb 27, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Anyone who doesn't believe that Clint Eastwood is one of the best film-makers in America ought to see Million Dollar Baby.

    Feb 27, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The movie is simultaneously conventional and subversive, broad and nuanced, shamelessly manipulative and genuinely moving, a cheap sucker punch and a work of real moral weight.

    Feb 27, 2015 | Full Review…
  • I'd be amazed if Swank failed to punch her way to a serious prize after this feat; she is an extraordinary bundle of ferocity and ice.

    Feb 27, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The only differences between this new film and its many forebears are that the young hopeful is a woman and the finish is unforeseen.

    Jan 10, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Million Dollar Baby

  • Mar 18, 2012
    This is Clint Eastwood's masterpiece! Everything fell into place to make this one of the most stunning films I have ever seen in my life. This film has incredible acting, great directing, and one of the most inspirational and heartbreaking stories. It deserves all the claim and rewards it has received. This could have been another simplistic story about a boxer trying to make it big. Instead, it delves deep into the emotion of the characters and their lives. One of the few films that almost made me cry. The only thing that does not make it completely perfect is the ending feels somewhat drawn out. However, the ending leaves you close to tears with the level of emotion the actors portray in their roles. To any Clint Eastwood fan, this is one of the movies you need to see immediately.
    Jack M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2012
    Powerful in the transformation of characters as this ultimately tragic film reaches its climax.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2012
    A knockout classic. The storyline is simple but very moving and heartbreakingly sad, unlike other boxing movies I've seen before. Eastwood, Swank, and Freeman all deserved the Academy Awards wins because of their incredible character study about their scars of their own. Emotionally powerful beyond relief, just enough for it's Best Picture win also.
    Max G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    One the greatest and most dramatic films I have ever seen. Clint Eastwood, Hillary Swan, and Morgan Freeman lead possible the best cast of actors in a film I have ever seen, I mean how many films get nominated for all those Oscars in Acting and win most, not many thats for sure but this film did. The story is about a old boxing coach who runs a gym, when his main boxer leaves him he is left with only his friend (Morgan Freeman) and his gym. A woman (Hillary Swank) wants to get his training and is a big fan, but he refuses to coach her for being a girl. But after seeing her determination and work, he decides to train her. But their realationship becomes stronger and is put to the ultimate test. Such an amazing film and cast make this the best boxing movie since Rocky and Raging Bull.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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