The Good Son: The Life of Ray Boom Boom Mancini
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The Good Son: The Life of Ray Boom Boom Mancini
Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini wasn't merely the lightweight champ. He fought for his father and for those in small towns across America. The Good Son is an intimate history, a saga of fathers and fighters, loss and redemption and finally, forgiveness.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mancini is a tremendously sympathetic figure, a hard-working man who became a fighter because he wanted to make things right, and still does."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"While Mr. Mancini mesmerizingly guides us to his present, Mr. Kriegel, friends like the actor Ed O'Neill and others advance the story of his past."
‑ Nicole Herrington, New York Times
"The singular focus is not a fatal flaw. Not at all, really. It's merely a question haunting The Good Son even when its concentration steers the viewer away from it."
‑ Ben Travers, indieWIRE
"Superb documentary about the famed boxer haunted by an opponent's death in the ring three decades ago, and a heart-tugging reconciliation."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Mancini himself comes across as quiet, modest and painfully honest - even as the sport his family has devoted itself to reveals itself, once again, over and over again, to be brutal, to be corrupt ..."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"As documentaries go, it's somewhat dull ..."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"With commentary from Sugar Ray Leonard, Mickey Rourke, and others who witnessed the exceptional journey and career of Youngstown's finest, another powerful boxing story has been told."
‑ Shannon M. Houston, Paste Magazine
"Connects on emotional levels in the telling of an up-from-nothing brawler whose colorful career climaxed in tragedy."
‑ Rob Nelson, Variety
"A powerful story of triumph and tragedy - and the infamous moment that encapsulated both - gets a stirring workout in [this] colorful, absorbing documentary ..."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Don't miss "The Good Son.""
‑ Cole Smithey,
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