Million Dollar Baby
Million Dollar Baby (2004)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 12, 2005
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Clint Eastwood's assured direction - combined with knockout performances from Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman - help Million Dollar Baby to transcend its clichés, and the result is deeply heartfelt and moving.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The only differences between this new film and its many forebears are that the young hopeful is a woman and the finish is unforeseen.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

It is thoughtful, unfashionable, measured, mostly honest, sometimes clumsy or remote, often exciting, occasionally moving and eventually surprising. It's correct.

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Total Film

With Mystic River, Clint stared down loss and revenge. Here, he's made an elegiac and beautifully measured film about the power of love.

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David Ansen
Newsweek

As an actor, Eastwood has rarely taken on a character as complex as Frankie Dunn.

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David Germain
Associated Press

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.

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Leah Rozen
People Magazine

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.

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David Edelstein
Slate

It's impressive, in the sense that a sucker-punch impresses itself on your skull.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Damon Wise
Radio 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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This impressive feat from actor/director Clint Eastwood makes for a tearful cry, which is rare in a sports dramas, and it also says a lot about a character that… More
Film Crazy
This is one of my favourite movies, i simply adore this movie! I've since this movie countless times and i think this is the first movie i watched that… More
Al S
A masterpiece, plain and simple. A total knockout of a movie right to the heart. Absolutely perfect. Unforgettable and Powerful. Brilliant, remarkable and… More
Martin Sahlin
A great movie. And a sad movie. Not what you think it is. Swank is great. Eastwood is great (behind and infront of the camera) and Freeman....he does his thing.… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Eastwood's masterpiece, pure and simple, with guts and glory, respect, honor and love, and boxing (that venerable movie warhorse, trotted out again, this… More
Manu Gino
Beyond his silence, there is a past. Beyond her dreams, there is a feeling. Beyond hope, there is a memory. Beyond their journey, there is a love. Saw it… More

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