The Wrestler Reviews

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November 28, 2020
A grittily stark and oftentimes sadly humorous look into the life of a lamentable man and his tragic profession.
November 15, 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.
September 27, 2020
It is powerful, yet it is graceful.
January 27, 2020
The Wrestler is an astounding portrait of a broken man.
November 4, 2019
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.
June 6, 2019
Rourke has risen again and delivered a performance for the ages.
May 22, 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.
November 3, 2018
...the real-life horror of professional wrestling is evident in the ruined bodies of Randy and his peers...
October 17, 2018
Rourke doesn't just make good on the promise of his early work; he makes a miracle.
August 29, 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.
February 5, 2018
With another director, and most tellingly, with hundreds of other actors, The Wrestler might easily have descended into cliché.
March 21, 2017
Great performances, great story.
May 17, 2016
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.
October 7, 2015
The most interesting aspect of the film is its depiction of the irreconcilable difference between someone's public and private personae.
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.
February 20, 2014
Darren Aronofsky's filmmaking in The Wrestler is the most subtle and nuanced he's ever done.
June 22, 2013
The movie is populated with real wrestlers, and it makes sure to nail all the little details.
September 29, 2012
Emotional and engaging, The Wrestler is a masterful piece of work that deserves every award the Academy can throw at it.
November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
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