Cinderella Man
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The true story of an athlete who achieved his greatest success against the most daunting odds of his life is brought to the screen in this historical drama. In the 1920s, James Braddock (Russell Crowe) from Bergen, NJ, was a promising contender in professional boxing; he had strength, spirit, and tenacity, but the combination of a serious hand injury and a 1929 defeat in a bout with light heavyweight champ Tommy Loughran sent his career into a serious tailspin. As Braddock's career in the ring dried up, the Great Depression put a stake through the heart of America's economy, and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Howard's movie skillfully delivers that primal, heart-pounding satisfaction that is the promise of all boxing tales."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"A superficially rousing portrait of Depression-era legend James J. Braddock."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"It ain't no Rocky, but it ain't half bad."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"A very solid cast, one of the most reliable directors in Hollywood, and one of the most malleable subjects in film make Cinderella Man one of the best films of 2005 thus far."
‑ Nick Nunziata, CHUD
"Cinderella Man is a contender, but it's not exactly a knockout."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"As for the fights themselves, Howard brings nothing new to the canvas. Like the movie as a whole, they work fine enough, even while encased in leaden certitude."
‑ Jay Ruttenberg, Time Out
"The joy is in the playing, and Ron Howard pulls out all the stops like the organist at the old Madison Square Garden."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"The affection for Braddock and his story can be felt in every frame and heard in every word."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Cinderella Man plays like a movie actively hunting for awards. But it's also a pretty darn good story."
‑ David Cornelius,
"A cross between Seabiscuit (because of the Depression) and Rocky (because of the sport), yet a fine enough film to stand on its own, even if the production falls short of both in terms of its emotional punch."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"The fight scenes have a stinging authenticity and, although at 144 minutes it outstays its welcome, this is Howard's best film since Apollo 13"
‑ Mark Salisbury, Time Out
"The storytelling is fluid and gripping."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The final justification that Russell Crowe is without a doubt one of the best actors to come along in years."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Handsome, manipulative, simplistic. It packs an uplift that bludgeons you into submission."
‑ Leigh Singer, Film4
"And as far as Cinderella's pumpkins go, though the movie ends with Braddock's boxing triumph in Hollywood's notorious freeze-frame approach to history, both Braddock and Baer went on to be decked by Joe Louis."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
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