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      The Wrestler Reviews

      A grittily stark and oftentimes sadly humorous look into the life of a lamentable man and his tragic profession.

      Full Review | Original Score: 7/10 | Nov 28, 2020

      The battered dignity of Rourke's performance is so touching that by the time he makes his big statement of faith to his fans even the toughest and most cynical of viewers will find their eyes going moist.

      Full Review | Nov 15, 2020

      It is powerful, yet it is graceful.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/4.0 | Sep 27, 2020

      The Wrestler is an astounding portrait of a broken man.

      Full Review | Jan 27, 2020

      But this is, of course, [Mickey] Rourke's moment. As the increasingly desperate and bewildered Ram he is aggressive and vulnerable, frightening and sympathetic as he struggles to find a place in a world that's leaving him behind.

      Full Review | Original Score: 5/5 | Nov 4, 2019

      Rourke has risen again and delivered a performance for the ages.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4 | Jun 6, 2019

      It's unfathomable to imagine The Wrestler without Rourke... It's one of those rare cinematic experiences where an actor and a role come together in perfect harmony.

      Full Review | Original Score: A | May 22, 2019

      ...the real-life horror of professional wrestling is evident in the ruined bodies of Randy and his peers...

      Full Review | Original Score: 7/10 | Nov 3, 2018

      Rourke doesn't just make good on the promise of his early work; he makes a miracle.

      Full Review | Oct 17, 2018

      A story of personal ruin and while it certainly does echo Mickey's own life, it wouldn't be fair to say he is playing himself. Sure, Rourke's performance must have been informed by his own past, but that is different, as well as peculiarly powerful.

      Full Review | Aug 29, 2018

      With another director, and most tellingly, with hundreds of other actors, The Wrestler might easily have descended into cliché.

      Full Review | Feb 5, 2018

      Great performances, great story.

      Full Review | Original Score: A | Mar 21, 2017

      A quarter-century (and, one senses, a lot longer in Rourke Years) since he pulled the popcorn-bag trick on Carol Heathrow and then talked his way back into her good graces, we'll still forgive Mickey Rourke anything.

      Full Review | May 17, 2016

      The most interesting aspect of the film is its depiction of the irreconcilable difference between someone's public and private personae.

      Full Review | Oct 7, 2015

      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 | Oct 21, 2014

      Darren Aronofsky's filmmaking in The Wrestler is the most subtle and nuanced he's ever done.

      Full Review | Original Score: A | Feb 20, 2014

      The movie is populated with real wrestlers, and it makes sure to nail all the little details.

      Full Review | Original Score: A- | Jun 22, 2013

      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 | Sep 29, 2012

      Full Review | Original Score: 5/5 | Nov 18, 2011

      Full Review | Original Score: 5/5 | Nov 17, 2011

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