Million Dollar Baby Reviews

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June 5, 2019
Fakes you out, then knocks you flat with a right hook to the heart.
April 23, 2019
Million Dollar Baby is aesthetically and emotionally a dark movie that ultimately falls short because every rough edge is softened by a cliché. Here, Eastwood throws a handful of sugar in for good measure, too.
February 21, 2019
Turning the conventions of the boxing movie inside out, this sees Eastwood - as actor and director - at the top of his game.
February 19, 2019
A one-man shop who even composed the muted score for his movie, Eastwood reminds us how films are best created, like Maggie's destiny in the ring, with one's own hands.
February 19, 2019
Eastwood seductively draws the viewer into the world of three lonely, bruised people, to the point where the viewer becomes wholly immersed in them and their fates.
January 8, 2019
The film does obliquely posit a new model of womanhood, one about risking the all-important beauty for a larger mission. But more than Maggie, the show actually belongs to the guilt-ridden Frankie...
February 27, 2018
...[Clint] Eastwood teaches us his journey to achieve [respect] with modesty. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 27, 2018
In Million Dollar Baby, Eastwood makes us believe both that [the] relationship is completely surprising and wholly a product of fate.
February 27, 2018
[It's] about so much more than boxing. It's about redemption, risk-taking, the search for family and God, the pursuit of a dream, a soul-shattering moral dilemma and the father-daughter relationship that develops between Frankie and Maggie.
February 27, 2018
As sappy and Lifetime-y as all this sounds, Eastwood's skill with the performers keeps Million Dollar Baby afloat.
February 27, 2018
What moves you so powerfully at the end is not just a shattering tale of two old guys and a female boxer but, in our new millennium, a 74-year-old man's ability to tell it so powerfully without (apparently) the melancholy business of movies laying a glove
August 24, 2017
Its very conventionality is what makes it so compelling; we've seen this before, but it still gets us every time.
March 16, 2017
Always one of America's most undervalued directors, Clint Eastwood is proving himself the American cinema's national treasure in the third act of his career.
February 27, 2015
A heartfelt, creditable picture.
February 27, 2015
I don't think it's his masterpiece, but it's a big, beautiful, sad film with unforgettable performances.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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