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Million Dollar Baby Reviews

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 27, 2015
A heartfelt, creditable picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
February 27, 2015
I don't think it's his masterpiece, but it's a big, beautiful, sad film with unforgettable performances.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
February 27, 2015
Anyone who doesn't believe that Clint Eastwood is one of the best film-makers in America ought to see Million Dollar Baby.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
February 27, 2015
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.
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
February 27, 2015
The film is impeccably made, but more than that, the director who also composed the lovely music score, brings a rare degree of humanity to the intensely moving conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 27, 2015
From beginning to end, its dark, foreboding atmosphere reflects the troubled world in which its three central figures conduct their essentially moral lives.
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
February 27, 2015
Like a very fine wine, Clint Eastwood is getting better with age. Now 75, the actor-director has delivered one of the year's best US films.
James Christopher
Times (UK)
February 27, 2015
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.
Christopher Borrelli
Toledo Blade
February 27, 2015
Million Dollar Baby, above all else, feels like a work that comes out of years of living, and years of experience with people, and knowing what works and what doesn't. It also comes from a director who is still able to be touched when two people connect.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
February 27, 2015
Beautifully adapted from the stories of boxing expert F. X. Toole, Million Dollar Baby initially looks like a classic sports-movie-rags-to-riches deal, but it's when Eastwood digs deeper that the film really takes flight.
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
February 27, 2015
A really well-made film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Romney
Independent on Sunday
February 27, 2015
Million Dollar Baby is as close to an anti-Rocky as a sports picture ever came, but even when following familiar paths, it stakes out its own distinctively harsh territory.
Mark Kermode
New Statesman
February 27, 2015
Not exactly a crowd-pleaser, perhaps, but a bold jab at popular film-making that catches the audience with its guard down.
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
February 27, 2015
The rich, dark production is the 25th directorial turn by Clint Eastwood and is perhaps his best work yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
February 27, 2015
[Features] three of the best performances of 2005.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
February 27, 2015
Of all 2004's films, Million Dollar Baby is the one most likely to be cherished and revisited.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dennis King
Tulsa World
February 27, 2015
Million Dollar Baby provides a suitably rough-hewn canvas on which Eastwood can practice his spartan, highly personal brand of storytelling, and he puts his stamp indelibly on it as producer, director, star and composer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
January 10, 2014
As an actor, Eastwood has rarely taken on a character as complex as Frankie Dunn.

Total Film
January 10, 2014
With Mystic River, Clint stared down loss and revenge. Here, he's made an elegiac and beautifully measured film about the power of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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