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The Fighter Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
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.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
July 19, 2015
Russell walks a narrow line between laughing with the family and laughing at them, but the film never crosses over into parody.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 9, 2015
Blue-collar Bostonian has replaced Southern redneck as Hollywood's white-trash signifier of choice.
Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered
August 11, 2013
Superb performances and a well told story make The Fighter one of the year's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
Driven by great performances and great characters, this drama is a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 16, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Looker
September 27, 2012
While Bale turns in a 5-star performance, his character's story bobs and weaves around Wahlberg's simpler, steady efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Beck
September 22, 2012
This film was supposed to be a crowd-pleaser, but in the end, there's just not a whole lot to be pleased about
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dan Jardine
July 12, 2012
Wahlberg gives a restrained and generous performance, which allows his co-stars Leo and Bale to shine (and win awards).
Full Review | Original Score: 76/100
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
April 15, 2012
May not be a boxing classic, but it's got loads of spit-in-your-eye spirit
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
November 5, 2011
'The Fighter' isn't revolutionary, but Russell's tweaking of the formula and stellar work by the actors, especially Bale, elevate it above many of its peers.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Luxford
The National (UAE)
September 1, 2011
a tale told with the deft precision of a talented filmmaker and the enthusiasm of a lead who cares about his subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
An excellent cast highlights this stirring boxing drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 15, 2011
While the crowd cheered, I didn't want Micky to win the fight. I wanted somebody ... to come along and rescue him from his family's ignorance.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Matthew Sorrento
June 13, 2011
Russell delivers what we least expect from him: a pro-family film.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Joshua Starnes
March 22, 2011
The Fighter deftly manages to be equal parts character drama and sports film without giving short shrift to either. Containing a couple of the best performances of the year it is in turn harrowing and heartwarming.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 7, 2011
...a boxing movie for people who couldn't care less about boxing.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
February 25, 2011
Más que una película sobre boxeo, un drama familiar sobre dos hermanos diferentes, una madre dominante y una posibilidad de redención y éxito. El show se lo roban Christian Bale y Melissa Leo con dos de las mejores interpretaciones del año.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Uncut Magazine [UK]
February 9, 2011
The Fighter proves that the boxing movie still has life. It also underlines just what a distinctive actor Bale has become.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
February 8, 2011
Christian Bale - reduced lately to whispering solemnity in the likes of Dark Knight and Terminator Salvation - gets to really cut loose with Dicky in a performance that is sure to give Geoffrey Rush a run for his money on Oscar night.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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