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Back in the late '80s, Randy "The Ram" Robinson was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, 20 years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. Estranged from his daughter and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life--trying to reconnect with his daughter, and striking up a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a wonderful, career-reviving performance, and you can't imagine the movie without him. Welcome back, Mickey."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The chance to play that poignant confusion is the real prize that Rourke and Tomei earn in The Wrestler."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Darren Aronofsky's filmmaking in The Wrestler is the most subtle and nuanced he's ever done."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"Rourke makes you feel every ache, disappointment and battle scar, both inside and out."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"[Rourke's] performance here is so good and unshowy that you wind up almost happy to keep watching that mangled mug struggle for redemption."
‑ Dave White,
"Predictable as it is, this sad, strong beast of a film keeps us pinned to the mat with the strength of its compassion and the overpowering force of its central performance."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"The movie presses too hard and too often, but the performances are strong enough to withstand the melodramatic impulses, and the themes of isolation and self-destructiveness are too sharply realized to be trivialized."
‑ Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News
"The movie is populated with real wrestlers, and it makes sure to nail all the little details."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"The Mick is back."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"There was no character to root for more strongly in spite of himself in 2008 than Randy the Ram, and "The Wrestler" spat and bled his physical poetry - an elegy of emasculation and exhaustion building, in its final shot, to all the exhilaration he needed."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Aronofsky directs with unfussy candour, alternating between the intensity of the wrestling and the drabness of Randy's 'real' life."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"The Wrestler has the intimacy of a fly-on-the-wall documentary. No stunt men were harmed -- or used -- in the fight sequences. But the drama makes for vibrant art."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Emotional and engaging, The Wrestler is a masterful piece of work that deserves every award the Academy can throw at it."
‑ Ali Gray,
"Savour one of cinema's rawest talents finally powerslamming his way to glory and be grateful that Aronofsky dragged himself off the ropes on countless occasions to convince the money men to finance the movie with such a seemingly unbankable lead actor."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"Rourke doesn't need makeup to look this permanently damaged these days, and some of the emotional scars in his performance probably run painfully close to reality as well."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
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