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Somebody Up There Likes Me
Once you get past the fact that handsome Paul Newman could never pass for plug-ugly boxer Rocky Graziano in real life, you will be able to accept Somebody Up Their Likes Me as one of the more accomplished movie biopics of the 1950s. Based on Graziano's autobiography (co-written with Rowland Barber), the film accurately depicts the teen-aged Rocky as an unregenerate punk, evidently doomed by his slum environment, and his own lousy attitude, to a life of petty crime. Determining that the only way he'll make a living is with his fists, Rocky becomes a boxer, at first willing to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Paul Newman brings to awesome life the jungle qualities implicit in a slum childhood..."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Robert Wise's direction is fast, aggressive and bright, and the picture is edited to give it a tremendous crispness and pace."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"[Newman] worked himself into peak condition for the role, lifting weights and sparring with top professionals, and his portrayal of the scrappy, often tongue-tied, but wholly likable boxer is superb."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Paul Newman's talent is large and flexible, revealing an approach to the Graziano character that scores tremendously."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The film's money shot is the well-staged fight between Zale and Rocky."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Straightforward and simplistic."
‑ Christopher Null,
"A disappointing biopic of Rocky Graziano, East Side delinquent turned World Middleweight Champion."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Robert Wise's sports biopic of Rocky Graziano deservedly catapulted Paul Newman to major stardom; you can spot in small parts Steve McQueen, before he became a star, and Sal Mineo."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Director Wise keeps the action fresh and lively, drawing excellent performances from Newman, Angeli as Mrs Graziano and Mineo in a small but significant role."
‑ , Film4
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