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Million Dollar Baby Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 27, 2005
It's strange that so many have mistaken its dull sincerity for something profound and moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Catholic Sun
March 18, 2005
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James Rocchi
December 23, 2004
Don't believe the hype about Clint Eastwood's boxing pic: This cliche-filled mess is a fixed fight.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
January 27, 2005
A thematically inconsistent and dramatically unsatisfying false idol that has been strangely elevated to the level of Clint Eastwood's actual masterpieces.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Alan Dale
February 1, 2005
Hilary Swank [deserves] an award in a new category for the most winning performance in the movie I'm least likely to watch again.
February 21, 2005
Un film moyen dont on ne se souviendra plus dans quelques mois, un jab sans grande force qui ne laisse aucune marque.
| Original Score: C+
Tony Medley
January 9, 2005
Manipulative, demeans religious trust and Catholicity, is anti-hope, anti-family, pro euthanasia propaganda, brutalizes femininity, and is terminally depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Bill Beyrer
December 28, 2004
Its originality sucker punches you in the face and you barely have time to recover.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 13, 2005
Eastwood's latest featherweight masterpiece. After his wildly over-praised Mystic River, Eastwood delivers another sucker punch, and critics have fallen for it again.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
January 29, 2005
There's no denying that Million Dollar Baby packs some unexpected wallop in its latter stages. But Hawks and Siegel would never have put their name to anything this pretentiously sombre from start to finish.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 12, 2005
On the surface it all seems very reasonable, but it exhibits an innate jingoism and its "feminism" is too thoughtless to be believed. An ungainly, smug film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 1, 2005
Eastwood continues his streak of demonizing lower class living.
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Jimmy O
Film Snobs
January 8, 2005
A phony, simplistic and cheap way for Eastwood to address an important and complicated social issue. At least Swank kicks butt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 19, 2005
A competently assembled collection of tired clichés, ham-handed sentiment, murky photography and predictable melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
February 17, 2005
Deeply troubling and potentially gravely harmful artifact of the culture of death.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
December 15, 2004
It worked in 1962 with Requiem for a Heavyweight, a shame it hasn't gotten any fresher in the intervening forty-two years.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Charles Taylor
December 18, 2004
Solemn, inflated and dull.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 13, 2005
No movie in my memory has depressed me more than Million Dollar Baby.
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
January 14, 2005
At one point, we're told that boxing moves require fighters to pivot in a counter-intuitive fashion, but except for that ghastly twist there's nothing unpredictable about this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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