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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 shepherded by his loyal half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale) -- a hard-living boxer-turned-trainer whose own career in the ring was nearly sent down for the count due to drugs and crime -- perennial underdog Irish Micky rebounded from a disheartening series of defeats to win both the WBU Intercontinental Lightweight title and the WBU Light Welterweight title… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A flawed, frequently ludicrous but overwhelmingly likeable film, old-school to the core and none the worse for it."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"A great boxing movie, a great film about family. Gritty, thrilling, inspirational. Deserves multiple Oscar nominations."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"Superb performances and a well told story make The Fighter one of the year's best films."
‑ Matt Joseph, We Got This Covered
"While Bale turns in a 5-star performance, his character's story bobs and weaves around Wahlberg's simpler, steady efforts."
‑ Matt Looker,
"May not be a boxing classic, but it's got loads of spit-in-your-eye spirit"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"Makes too many concessions to the Hollywood judges, pulls too many punches."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Driven by great performances and great characters, this drama is a must-see."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"This film was supposed to be a crowd-pleaser, but in the end, there's just not a whole lot to be pleased about"
‑ Jeff Beck,
"'The Fighter' isn't revolutionary, but Russell's tweaking of the formula and stellar work by the actors, especially Bale, elevate it above many of its peers."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"The Fighter is so muscularly and tenderly good because it trains its eye on the matches that take place between kin."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"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."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"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."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Wahlberg gives a restrained and generous performance, which allows his co-stars Leo and Bale to shine (and win awards)."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"a tale told with the deft precision of a talented filmmaker and the enthusiasm of a lead who cares about his subject."
‑ James Luxford, The National
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