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The Fighter (2010)



Critic Consensus: Led by a trio of captivating performances from Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams, The Fighter is a solidly entertaining, albeit predictable, entry in the boxing drama genre.

Movie Info

Mark Wahlberg stars in Paramount Pictures' inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born, junior welterweight title winner "Irish" Micky Ward. A determined pugilist whose career in the ring was shepherded by his loyal half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale) -- a hard-living boxer-turned-trainer whose own career in the ring was nearly sent down for the count due to drugs and crime -- perennial underdog Irish Micky rebounded from a disheartening series of defeats to win both the WBU Intercontinental Lightweight title and the WBU Light Welterweight title thanks to a fierce combination of determination and hard work. David O. Russell directs from a script by 8 Mile's Scott Silver and Paul Attanasio (The Bourne Ultimatum). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for language throughout, drug content, some violence and sexuality)
Genre: Sports & Fitness, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Johnson, Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Paul Attanasio
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 15, 2011
Box Office: $93.6M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Christian Bale
as Dicky Eklund
Mark Wahlberg
as Micky Ward
Amy Adams
as Charlene Fleming
Melissa Leo
as Alice Ward
Jack McGee
as George Ward
Melissa McMeekin
as "Little Alice" Eklun...
Bianca Hunter
as Cathy "Pork" Eklund
Erica McDermott
as Cindy "Tar" Eklund
Jill Quigg
as Donna Eklund Jaynes
Dendrie Allyn Taylor
as Gail "Red Dog" Eklun...
Kate O'Brien
as Phyllis "Beaver" Ekl...
Jenna Lamia
as Sherri Ward
Frank Renzulli
as Sal Lanano
Paul Campbell (IV)
as Gary "Boo Boo" Giuff...
Caitlin Dwyer
as Kasie Ward
Ted Arcidi
as Lou Gold
Ross Bickell
as Mike Toma
Jose Antonio Rivera
as Gilberto Brown, aka...
Richard W. Farrell
as HBO Cameraman #1
Matthew Muzio
as HBO Cameraman #2
Steven Barkheimer
as HBO Producer
Art Ramalho
as Art Ramalho
Mickey O'Keefe
as Mickey O'Keefe
Sugar Ray Leonard
as Sugar Ray Leonard
Jackson Nicoll
as Little Dicky
Alison Folland
as Laurie Carroll
Sean Doherty
as Jimmy (Laurie's Husb...
Thomas Hart Benton
as Businessman
Ray Greenhalge
as Ray Ramalho
Epifanio Melendez
as Carlos Garcia
Jeremiah Kissel
as Bald Businessman
Sean Eklund
as Man in Diner
Rikki Kleiman
as Court Clerk
Michael Dell'orto
as WBU Commissioner
Paul Locke
as Reporter #1
Kim Carrell
as Reporter #2
Colin Hammell
as John Hyland
Dale Place
as Referee Mickey Vann
Eddie Lee Anderson
as Referee Joe Cortez
Joseph Lupino
as Referee Mitch Halper...
Bonnie Aarons
as Crackhead Bonnie
Walter Driscoll
as Court Officer
Matt Russell
as Photo Guy on Street
A. Joseph Denucci
as Man on Street #1
Richard A. Eklund
as Man on Street #2
George Michael Ward
as Man on Street #3
Richard Eklund, Jr.
as Man on Street #4
Jack Greenhalge
as Man on Street #5
Kevin Paige
as Man on Street #6
Ziad Akl
as Inmate
Simon Hamlin
as Movie Patron
Gerald Greenhalge
as Uncle Jerry
Matthew Russell
as Running Kid #1
Tommy Eklund
as Running Kid #2
Rita Mercier
as Woman on Street #1
Deborah Bolanger
as Woman on Street #2
Kerry Moore
as Woman on Street #3
Philip D. Herbert
as Micky's Cutman
Raul Vera
as Sanchez Trainer
Jack Lally
as Neary Trainer
Carlos L. Smith
as Sugar Ray Leonard Bo...
Jerrell Lee Wesley
as Fight Spectator #1
Hugh K. Long
as Fight Spectator #2
Eric Weinstein
as Micky's Friend
Peter "Sugarfoot" Cu...
as Mike "Machine Gun" M...
Miguel Espino
as Alfonso Sanchez
Jen Weissenberg
as Drunk Girl
Paul Campbell VIII
as Gary "Boo Boo" Giuff...
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News & Interviews for The Fighter

Critic Reviews for The Fighter

All Critics (236) | Top Critics (42)

But while this was amusing in a comedic or satiric context, it backfires in a dramatic narrative in which the protagonist should warrant our sympathies.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

Russell walks a narrow line between laughing with the family and laughing at them, but the film never crosses over into parody.

Full Review… | July 19, 2015
The Patriot Ledger

Blue-collar Bostonian has replaced Southern redneck as Hollywood's white-trash signifier of choice.

Full Review… | May 9, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

Superb performances and a well told story make The Fighter one of the year's best films.

Full Review… | August 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

Driven by great performances and great characters, this drama is a must-see.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

Acting for the silver screen doesn't get more raw, moving or accomplished than what you see in "The Fighter," that rare film in which every performer in it leaves the viewer in awe.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
Tribune News Service

Audience Reviews for The Fighter

It is always a pleasure to see a sincere drama that doesn't give in to cheap clichés or easy melodrama but is instead a compelling film that simply relies on the power of a true story and the strength of an ensemble cast that is altogether perfect.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


A dysfunctional family both supports and cripples their son's aspiring boxing career. While Wahlberg as the fighter is more or less the obvious choice it's Bale as his drug-using coach and brother who steals every scene and delivers an outstanding (and Oscar-awarded) performance. Same goes for Melissa Leo as their mother. The film works best in the moments that feel very real and often have a great, realistic sense of humor. Only the last act follows the traditional sports drama path a bit too predictably. Overall the result is still highly entertaining and engaging, mostly thanks to the good writing and the stellar performances.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

the thing about boxing movies is that they're boxing movies, it's hard to get out of the rut, yah? rich performances by all concerned in this take, wherein "the fighter"'s biggest fight is with his derelict family: ma (leo, superb as the mom you love to hate to love) dotes on the oldest boy (bale, unrecognisable as a smooth talkin' crackhead hasbeen), rags on the not strong enough current dad (mcgee, honorably in honorless shoes) while supporting a den of useless greek chorus sisters. how to get ahead then? how about listening to nearly faded small town jewel (adams, shimmering)? cliches, yes, american cliches, played out from sea to shining sea every day, transcended here by powerhouse performances, making this a worthy addition into the wealth of american as apple pie boxing movies.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The Fighter Quotes

"Irish" Mickey Ward: Cut me Mick!
– Submitted by Jesse K (3 years ago)
Dicky Eklund: I gotta go pick up a rock man!
– Submitted by Jesse K (3 years ago)
Micky Ward: I'm the one fighting, I know what I need.
Charlene Fleming: And you need Dicky?
Micky Ward: I want Dicky back. And I want you, Charlene, and I want O'Keefe, and my family.
Charlene Fleming: You can't do that to us.
– Submitted by Jean R (3 years ago)
"Irish" Mickey Ward: [to george ward] What you doing running in hear like a silverback fucking gorilla?
– Submitted by James B (3 years ago)

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