The Fighter
The Fighter (2010)

Mark Wahlberg stars in Paramount Pictures' inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born, junior welterweight title winner "Irish" Micky Ward. A determined pugilist whose career in the ring was… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 15, 2011
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Led by a trio of captivating performances from Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams, The Fighter is a solidly entertaining, albeit predictable, entry in the boxing drama genre.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

A flawed, frequently ludicrous but overwhelmingly likeable film, old-school to the core and none the worse for it.

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Richard Roeper

A great boxing movie, a great film about family. Gritty, thrilling, inspirational. Deserves multiple Oscar nominations.

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Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered

Superb performances and a well told story make The Fighter one of the year's best films.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Makes too many concessions to the Hollywood judges, pulls too many punches.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

It's audacious, it's fun, it's rowdy, and it's just twisted enough to always be interesting. Beyond that, it's one of the year's best acting showcases and likely to grab multiple Oscar nominations.

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

Driven by great performances and great characters, this drama is a must-see.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The Fighter is so muscularly and tenderly good because it trains its eye on the matches that take place between kin.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Only Amy Adams, playing Micky's tough-tender girlfriend Charlene, manages to be convincingly working-class without seeming either dopey or rabid or strung-out.

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

Acting for the silver screen doesn't get more raw, moving or accomplished than what you see in "The Fighter," that rare film in which every performer in it leaves the viewer in awe.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
A dysfunctional family both supports and cripples their son's aspiring boxing career. While Wahlberg as the fighter is more or less the obvious choice… More
Christian C
Bale gives an excellent performance. A strong film.
Apeneck Fletcher
the thing about boxing movies is that they're boxing movies, it's hard to get out of the rut, yah? rich performances by all concerned in this take,… More
Eugene Bernabe
A dramatic story drenched in pure humanity and a fighting struggle for balance. The Fighter is that rare boxing-drama film that executes especially with its… More
Chris Weber
It's so hard to make a boxing film that really stands out anymore, so thankfully, this one didn't really try and did something I respect even more:… More
Eric S
Talk about films that really create a mood, this one does just that. Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg star in this true story of an injured, crack addict… More