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Million Dollar Baby Reviews

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Leah Rozen
People Magazine
January 10, 2014
Onscreen, Eastwood is solid as granite, getting maximum effect by doing the minimum required in a scene but doing it with precisely the right inflection or look. Swank is sensational, proving her breakout turn in Boys Don't Cry was no fluke.
| Original Score: 4/4
Damon Wise
Radio Times
January 10, 2014
Morgan Freeman is impressive as Dunn's crumpled sidekick, and Oscar winner Swank is terrific, too, but this is Clint's film, both as its tortured hero and as a great American director.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
January 10, 2014
Yes, Million Dollar Baby is about the grit and glory of boxing. It's about the count, the bell and the gloves in the air, but also about the human heart and all the tenderness and strength it can muster. And in both corners, it's a knockout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Amy Taubin
Film Comment Magazine
November 19, 2013
Age has clenched Clint Eastwood's face tight as a fist, but he has never been more tender, vulnerable, and heartbroken than in Million Dollar Baby.
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February 24, 2013
It's impressive, in the sense that a sucker-punch impresses itself on your skull.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 24, 2013
It is thoughtful, unfashionable, measured, mostly honest, sometimes clumsy or remote, often exciting, occasionally moving and eventually surprising. It's correct.
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David Germain
Associated Press
February 24, 2013
Barely a year after the release of Mystic River, Clint Eastwood delivers a second consecutive drama that fearlessly probes the shadows of human morality without falling back on easy answers.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 24, 2013
Perhaps the director's most touching, most elegiac work yet, Million Dollar Baby is a film that does both the expected and the unexpected, that has the nerve and the will to be as pitiless as it is sentimental.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Violent Oscar winner is inspiring but too intense for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
April 18, 2009
"Million Dollar Baby" is a tragic film about an innately paternal man's desperate need to overcome his own emotional traps and the loyal girl who facilitates his growth by her steely will and stubborn drive.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 27, 2009
This is an actor's piece, and Eastwood, Freeman, and Swank all deliver performances equal to or perhaps greater than any they've done in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.3/10
Tony Macklin
Bright Lights Film Journal
February 2, 2009
Million Dollar Baby adds to Clint Eastwood's legacy in ways we might not have expected. It explores emotional terrain as he hasn't done before, and it gives him a kind of role that he has never had before.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
Kit Bowen
November 20, 2008
Just when you think he should be retiring, Clint Eastwood throws another one-two punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 1, 2008
Like Eastwood, it's a relic that dazzles you with its footwork, daring and class.
Rob Gonsalves
July 18, 2008
This is Eastwood's weakest work in years, perhaps because it yokes itself to a hot-button theme instead of a story that resonates.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
A devastating act of mercy for one character may very well cost the soul of another.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 20, 2008
After the somewhat hysterical Mystic River - a flawed work dominated by a powerhouse performance from Sean Penn - this is a far more balanced piece, anchored by three terrific turns and some lean direction from Eastwood.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Easily Mr. Eastwood's best film since Unforgiven.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 6, 2007
Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby is a masterpiece, pure and simple, deep and true.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 10, 2006
what's great about Eastwood, is how he turns cliche to cinematic archetype, and throws in a modern twist at the same time
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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