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Million Dollar Baby
Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) is a veteran boxing trainer who has devoted his life to the ring and has precious little to show for it; his daughter never answers his letters, and a fighter he's groomed into contender status has paid him back by signing with another manager, leaving Frankie high and dry. His best friend and faithful employee Eddie Dupris is a former fighter who Frankie trained. In his last fight, Eddie suffered a severe injury, a fact that brings Frankie great guilt. One day, Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) enters Frankie's life, as well as his gym, and announces she… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The only differences between this new film and its many forebears are that the young hopeful is a woman and the finish is unforeseen."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"It is thoughtful, unfashionable, measured, mostly honest, sometimes clumsy or remote, often exciting, occasionally moving and eventually surprising. It's correct."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"With Mystic River, Clint stared down loss and revenge. Here, he's made an elegiac and beautifully measured film about the power of love."
‑ , Total Film
"Yes, Million Dollar Baby is about the grit and glory of boxing. It's about the count, the bell and the gloves in the air, but also about the human heart and all the tenderness and strength it can muster. And in both corners, it's a knockout."
‑ Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
""Million Dollar Baby" is a tragic film about an innately paternal man's desperate need to overcome his own emotional traps and the loyal girl who facilitates his growth by her steely will and stubborn drive."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"As an actor, Eastwood has rarely taken on a character as complex as Frankie Dunn."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Barely a year after the release of Mystic River, Clint Eastwood delivers a second consecutive drama that fearlessly probes the shadows of human morality without falling back on easy answers."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"Onscreen, Eastwood is solid as granite, getting maximum effect by doing the minimum required in a scene but doing it with precisely the right inflection or look. Swank is sensational, proving her breakout turn in Boys Don't Cry was no fluke."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Age has clenched Clint Eastwood's face tight as a fist, but he has never been more tender, vulnerable, and heartbroken than in Million Dollar Baby."
‑ Amy Taubin, Film Comment Magazine
"This is an actor's piece, and Eastwood, Freeman, and Swank all deliver performances equal to or perhaps greater than any they've done in recent memory."
‑ Nick Nunziata, CHUD
"It's impressive, in the sense that a sucker-punch impresses itself on your skull."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Perhaps the director's most touching, most elegiac work yet, Million Dollar Baby is a film that does both the expected and the unexpected, that has the nerve and the will to be as pitiless as it is sentimental."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Morgan Freeman is impressive as Dunn's crumpled sidekick, and Oscar winner Swank is terrific, too, but this is Clint's film, both as its tortured hero and as a great American director."
‑ Damon Wise, Radio Times
"Violent Oscar winner is inspiring but too intense for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Million Dollar Baby adds to Clint Eastwood's legacy in ways we might not have expected. It explores emotional terrain as he hasn't done before, and it gives him a kind of role that he has never had before."
‑ Tony Macklin, Bright Lights Film Journal
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