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Stronger rises on the power of its well-chosen ensemble to offer an emotionally resonant fact-based story that transcends inspirational drama clichés. Read critic reviews

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Jeff Bauman loses both of his legs when two bombs explode during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. After regaining consciousness in the hospital, Jeff is able to help law enforcement identify one of the suspects, but his own battle is just beginning. With unwavering support from his family and girlfriend, Bauman embarks on a long and heroic journey to physical and emotional rehabilitation.

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  • It's not an easy film to watch, especially because so many of Jeff's family members are themselves walking disasters. But the performances by Gyllenhaal and Maslany make the ordeal worthwhile.

    February 21, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Gyllenhaal has rarely been better.

    December 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • With its swelling score and obligatory shots of noble, fluttering US flags, the film buys into the hero narrative wholesale.

    December 10, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's one of those decent, well-acted, non-revelatory efforts destined to be filed snarkily under "this had awards buzz" through no real fault of its own.

    December 8, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • ... stealing the best bits from My Left Foot, Born on the Fourth of July and The Theory of Everything by playing a character who's not quite paralysed, but mostly in a wheelchair and delivering enormous shouty set-piece speeches ...

    December 7, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Stronger is at its best in its harshest moments, when it acknowledges the contradictions in its hero's story and portrays his bitterness and self-loathing as well as his courage.

    December 7, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Mar 13, 2019
    Surprisingly unsentimental portrayal of one of the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing. While quite a few similar films automatically turn everyone dealing with a life changing handicap into a hero, this one doesn't shy away from showing the difficulties, including going to the bathroom or still having a sexuality. There is no pathos, heroism or cheesiness maybe up until the very last scenes. What helps is an outstanding cast, showing once again that Gyllenhaal and Maslany are among the most talented actors their age.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2017
    A real life story of overcoming tragedy played with sensitivity and panache. The self-doubt permeating the tale is it's strongest go-to, and what draws the audience into the story. The supporting cast is up to the challenge on telling the story as well, often silently delivering the impact of the events, helpless bystanders. It's gonna be hard finding an American who doesn't like this film.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2017
    Exceedingly powerful, traumatic and emotional, but also uplifting. One of those movies that makes you feel grateful for what you really have. Superb acted by Jake Gyllenhaal too.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2017
    Emotionally affecting, powerful acting performance by Jake G, and a great true story. Loses a star because it normalizes drinking and driving, which triggered me.
    Spencer M Super Reviewer

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