The Fighter Reviews

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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.
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
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.
January 15, 2011
... so one-sided, you almost forget Wahlberg is even part of the production when Bale is on screen.
January 14, 2011
A typically underwhelming effort from David O. Russell...
December 23, 2010
Cinderella Man with crack pipes
December 18, 2010
No matter how Hollywoodized, it's still just another dumb boxing movie
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.
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.
December 16, 2010
The only thing really surprising about The Fighter is that Ron Howard didn't direct it.
December 16, 2010
adheres too closely to the formulaic blueprint hammered out by Sylvester Stallone's Rocky nearly 35 years ago.
December 16, 2010
Turns out to be almost as blandly formulaic as its title.
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.
December 16, 2010
Mostly goes through the repetitive motions on the way to its predetermined outcome.
December 10, 2010
As a film, "The Fighter" is a sturdy, solid slugger - but not quite a champ.
December 10, 2010
Pity the boxing movie that thinks it can be both "Raging Bull" and "Rocky."
December 8, 2010
Whenever it should bounce backward, it lunges forward; it jabs instead of feints, and stomps down hard when it needs to dance.
December 8, 2010
Takes a heavy swing at us, and misses.
December 8, 2010
Wildly uneven and about as entertaining, "The Fighter" is committed to the rambunctious masculine energy of the boxing ring.
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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