The Wrestler Reviews

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November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
January 22, 2009
Who better than Rourke to sell the idea of a battered, yet proud pugilist in search of redemption?
January 16, 2009
It's a wonderful, career-reviving performance, and you can't imagine the movie without him. Welcome back, Mickey.
January 16, 2009
Predictable as it is, this sad, strong beast of a film keeps us pinned to the mat with the strength of its compassion and the overpowering force of its central performance.
January 16, 2009
Aronofsky directs with unfussy candour, alternating between the intensity of the wrestling and the drabness of Randy's 'real' life.
January 16, 2009
The weakness of Aronofsky's film is that these various sentimental crises are framed with as much subtlety as Randy's wildly overdue heart attack. The film lurches into a predictable panic about dying alone.
January 16, 2009
The Wrestler runs on what are admittedly pretty traditional lines for a sports film, yet runs on them with exhilarating speed and attack. I was waiting for a cop-out ending, but it never arrived.
January 16, 2009
Not only has he hauled Rourke from his self-pitying slump, but, working from a screenplay written by Robert D Siegel, he has created an often-brutal, always-compelling portrait of a decent man trying to peel himself off Skid Row.
January 16, 2009
The platitude-intensive script by Robert Siegel would have been laughed off the screen without Rourke's dogged grandeur.
January 16, 2009
The characters may be stereotypes to us, but they're played here with a love and tenderness and resignation that could break your heart.
January 16, 2009
A beautifully etched, touching essay about a damaged, desperate brute hoping for one taste of dignity and real fatherhood before his life goes down for the count for the final time.
January 16, 2009
The Wrestler is, in essence, an excellent B-movie centred upon a defiantly top-rate performance from Rourke.
January 14, 2009
The chance to play that poignant confusion is the real prize that Rourke and Tomei earn in The Wrestler.
January 9, 2009
The movie presses too hard and too often, but the performances are strong enough to withstand the melodramatic impulses, and the themes of isolation and self-destructiveness are too sharply realized to be trivialized.
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.
January 9, 2009
With uncommon intelligence and brutal honesty, The Wrestler examines the cost, and need, of battle.
January 9, 2009
If this ragged but near-brilliant movie is about a guy trying to resurrect his career, so too is the performance at its heart.
January 8, 2009
Mickey Rourke delivers such an unexpectedly moving, charming and physically impressive performance that he deserves some other award than Guy Who Gets Asked 'What The Hell Happened To You?' Most Often.
January 8, 2009
The Wrestler isn't a perfect movie, but Rourke's performance gives it the impact of an atomic elbow drop.
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