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The Wrestler Reviews

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February 24, 2009
The best thing about director Darren Aronofsky's realization of Robert Siegel's original screenplay is Mickey Rourke's portrayal of Randy "the Ram" Robinson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
February 5, 2009
Rourke props up a standard story about a loser trying to recapture the glory days ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Armond White
New York Press
December 17, 2008
Aronofsky inflicts as much pain on the audience as self-flagellating Ram Jam does when brutalizing/mutilating himself in and outside the ring.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 17, 2008
While the director was essential in collaborating with Rourke to create that memorable performance, it remains real work in an essentially fake film, and there is nothing anyone can do about that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
Darren Aronofsky's filmmaking in The Wrestler is the most subtle and nuanced he's ever done.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
The movie is populated with real wrestlers, and it makes sure to nail all the little details.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 29, 2011
Rourke makes you feel every ache, disappointment and battle scar, both inside and out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2014
As the film points out, wrestling may be fixed, but it certainly ain't fake. This may be a film, but it certainly ain't fake either.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 13, 2010
Rourke doesn't need makeup to look this permanently damaged these days, and some of the emotional scars in his performance probably run painfully close to reality as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 15, 2009
Like Randy's matches, the movie hits a lot of familiar beats; like Randy himself, it gets the maximum impact out of each one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
January 23, 2009
It must have been extremely hard for Rourke to play The Ram because he had to revisit some of the most difficult moments of his life, but it actually ends up helping his performance because it feels so genuine and sincere.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
January 15, 2009
If The Wrestler doesn't get the Oscar attention it deserves I'm going after someone with a staple gun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 14, 2009
The chance to play that poignant confusion is the real prize that Rourke and Tomei earn in The Wrestler.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
The most interesting aspect of the film is its depiction of the irreconcilable difference between someone's public and private personae.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 23, 2009
...strong, affecting stuff that can stand as a comment on the actual actor's career as much as that of a fictional grappler.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Ali Gray
September 29, 2012
Emotional and engaging, The Wrestler is a masterful piece of work that deserves every award the Academy can throw at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 24, 2008
Mickey Rourke plays the battered, broke, lonely hero, Randy ('The Ram') Robinson. This is the performance of his lifetime, will win him a nomination, may win him the Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
December 17, 2008
Mickey Rourke, who has been flying under the radar for nearly two decades, makes this a comeback to remember.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 9, 2009
The Wrestler has the intimacy of a fly-on-the-wall documentary. No stunt men were harmed -- or used -- in the fight sequences. But the drama makes for vibrant art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 16, 2008
But Rourke's work in the film transcends mere stunt-casting; his performance is a howl of pain that seems to come from a very real place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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