The Fighter Reviews

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January 22, 2020
Based on a true story, The Fighter runneth over with raw energy, crazy action, and the highly seductive, brainless gallop of people dashing toward the brick wall of their own vanities and fears. It couldn't be more fun.
January 15, 2020
Boxing fans, yes, there are plenty of wonderful boxing scenes in the movie, and for those not so interested in boxing, the movie is filled with so much more. It is full of family drama and emotional turmoil, with a touch of a love story.
January 3, 2020
The performances from Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, and Amy Adams in The Fighter are the very definition of a masterclass in acting.
November 5, 2019
It's pretty obvious which is more interesting.
June 7, 2019
Russell has taken something tired and familiar and made it rich and exciting once again.
May 8, 2019
Bale is the real star of The Fighter -- giving a career performance as a man still living off past glory.
November 6, 2018
This is Bale's movie. The film is at its very best when the Russell's camera is trained upon his hyperactive, ego centric muse.
November 5, 2018
The Fighter is, if not a champion film for all time, a very good, poignant, and commendable expression of its era-postindustrial working-class urban America, bereft of history as it is bereft of jobs, strong unions, pride in one's work.
April 30, 2018
There's something powerful and real about The Fighter.
September 9, 2017
Overall The Fighter is a touching, soulful knockout of a movie.
August 29, 2017
The Fighter feels like it's barreling toward full-on Greek tragedy, and it has its painful patches, but ultimately-forgive me-the film pulls a lot of punches.
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.
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.
May 9, 2015
Blue-collar Bostonian has replaced Southern redneck as Hollywood's white-trash signifier of choice.
August 11, 2013
Superb performances and a well told story make The Fighter one of the year's best films.
June 30, 2013
Driven by great performances and great characters, this drama is a must-see.
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.
September 27, 2012
While Bale turns in a 5-star performance, his character's story bobs and weaves around Wahlberg's simpler, steady efforts.
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
July 12, 2012
Wahlberg gives a restrained and generous performance, which allows his co-stars Leo and Bale to shine (and win awards).
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