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The Fighter Reviews

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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
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 16, 2010
Mostly goes through the repetitive motions on the way to its predetermined outcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 17, 2010
Wahlberg and Adams find something gritty and credible in their beat-down, blue-collar characters, and their moments on screen together have a deep, resounding humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 16, 2010
Because we aren't deeply invested in Micky, we don't care as much as we should, and the film ends on a note that should be triumph but feels more like simple conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Adam Lippe
December 18, 2010
The musical choices are so on-the-nose as to make you do double takes. How do we know that Micky has his heart back in the fight game and is ready to commit fully? Why, we hear Aerosmith's Back in the Saddle.
Fernando F. Croce
December 23, 2010
Cinderella Man with crack pipes
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 10, 2010
True story of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward is played for domestic drama about a dysfunctional family that never quite earns your sympathy.
Robbie Collin
News of the World
January 31, 2011
The flaw at The Fighter's heart is the fact that Bale's all over the place. It's a frog-faced, flailing-armed, look at meeee performance that, had it come from Nicolas Cage, would have drawn scorn across the board.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 5, 2010
Russell choreographs and shoots scenes of interpersonal squabbling and in-ring fisticuffs with competent but unremarkable efficiency, leaving the proceedings devoid of distinctive authorial personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 10, 2010
Pity the boxing movie that thinks it can be both "Raging Bull" and "Rocky."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Kohn
December 8, 2010
Wildly uneven and about as entertaining, "The Fighter" is committed to the rambunctious masculine energy of the boxing ring.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 7, 2010
After a volatile first half, Micky eclipses Dicky, and The Fighter settles into a predictably rutted narrative arc.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 10, 2010
As a film, "The Fighter" is a sturdy, solid slugger - but not quite a champ.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 18, 2010
After watching someone who is so muddle-headed about what's good and bad for himself, admiration and a viewer's sense of involvement goes down for the count.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 14, 2011
A typically underwhelming effort from David O. Russell...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean O'Connell
December 16, 2010
adheres too closely to the formulaic blueprint hammered out by Sylvester Stallone's Rocky nearly 35 years ago.
| Original Score: 2/5
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
December 18, 2010
No matter how Hollywoodized, it's still just another dumb boxing movie
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin A. Ranson
January 15, 2011
... so one-sided, you almost forget Wahlberg is even part of the production when Bale is on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/4.0
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
December 8, 2010
Takes a heavy swing at us, and misses.
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