The Fighter Reviews

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February 7, 2011
Both Wahlberg and Bale are excellent in their different registers, as are Melissa Leo and Amy Adams as the differently calibrated women.
February 4, 2011
Wahlberg, always so physically solid, is deep inside himself in this role.
February 3, 2011
The Fighter looks at first as if it is going to be a far more interesting movie than the straightforward and even rather undemanding drama we finally get.
February 3, 2011
Russell throws so much at the screen that there is little time to make your mind up.
February 2, 2011
A flawed, frequently ludicrous but overwhelmingly likeable film, old-school to the core and none the worse for it.
January 20, 2011
Though director David O Russell does embrace the feel-good cliches embedded into movie folklore by Rocky, he does so with a rousing conviction that pushes all the right buttons.
December 17, 2010
Makes too many concessions to the Hollywood judges, pulls too many punches.
December 17, 2010
The Fighter is so muscularly and tenderly good because it trains its eye on the matches that take place between kin.
December 17, 2010
A great boxing movie, a great film about family. Gritty, thrilling, inspirational. Deserves multiple Oscar nominations.
December 17, 2010
It's audacious, it's fun, it's rowdy, and it's just twisted enough to always be interesting. Beyond that, it's one of the year's best acting showcases and likely to grab multiple Oscar nominations.
December 17, 2010
Only Amy Adams, playing Micky's tough-tender girlfriend Charlene, manages to be convincingly working-class without seeming either dopey or rabid or strung-out.
December 17, 2010
A tough, bare-knuckled, compassionate meditation on every family's rope-a-dope between tribal bonds and self-definition. Both, it turns out, are worth going to the mat for.
December 16, 2010
"The Fighter" is entertaining from beginning to end and contains two brilliant and extreme supporting performances that are among the year's best.
December 16, 2010
It feels like it comes from real life as well as the movies.
December 16, 2010
This is polished entertainment with a little edge, a juicy urban fable for grown-ups.
December 16, 2010
You may not physically experience the punches that rain upon Mark Wahlberg's dogged pro boxer "Irish" Micky Ward, but it feels as if you do.
December 16, 2010
The Fighter is funny, ferocious, sad, sweet, pulpy, and violent. Sometimes, all in the same minute.
December 16, 2010
What really holds this together is Wahlberg's low-key, firmly internalized performance as a man torn between his loyalty to the clan and his responsibility to himself.
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 15, 2010
"The Fighter" easily could have slipped into boxing-film clichés, but Russell doesn't let that happen. Instead, it lands its hardest blows while chronicling the struggle of a family, which is a far more interesting fight.
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