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Haunted by a tragic past, ex-Marine Tommy Conlon (Hardy) returns home for the first time in fourteen years to enlist the help of his father (Nick Nolte) to train for SPARTA, the biggest winner-takes-all event in mixed martial arts history. A former wrestling prodigy, Tommy blazes a path toward the championship while his brother, Brendan (Edgerton), an ex-fighter-turned teacher, returns to the ring in a desperate bid to save his family from financial ruin. But when Brendan's unlikely, underdog rise sets him on a collision course with the unstoppable Tommy, the two brothers must finally… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"This doesn't pack a punch like 'The Fighter' - but it's still a must for grapple fans."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"It's too corny to live. But the picture is a slam dunk. I mean a ground-and-pound double-leg takedown. It's really gripping."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"Director Gavin O'Connor tries sprucing up the material by swapping out boxing for mixed martial arts, but it's still the same old story told the same old way. At least Real Steel had robots."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"Tom and Brendan are enough to offer a satisfying payoff - even if minor characters are left flailing in their wake."
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"...an instant classic that manages to surpass even the original Rocky in terms of effectiveness..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The movie is so skillfully made, and the performances are so convincingly real (Hardy is sensational), that, as it reaches its cathartic, winning finish, it achieves a surprising compassion and honesty."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"Warrior's three principle characterizations are compelling - Nolte in particular gives a tempered performance as the shambling, sad-eyed wreck of a dad - but not enough to mask the film's lesser elements."
‑ Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine
"The punches always seem that much harder when you understand just why they hurt."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Warrior reveals itself to be more than just a brainless slugger - like the best boxing movies, it's able to utterly wrap you up in the moment and have you punching the air come its conclusion."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"Familiar fight movie tropes are followed, but the dramatic stakes that O'Connor lends the proceedings give them uncommon involvement and an even rarer sense of suspense."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Warrior ends up feeling a lot bigger than you expect it to."
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR
"The beats are familiar, the stakes are high, the fights are brutal, and the rewards are just."
‑ William Goss, Film.com
"A straight genre picture, but the best MMA movie ever."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Warrior is one of the year's best films that has everything audiences are looking for in a sports movie experience. Visually exciting fight sequences are matched by an emotionally complex story with believable characters full of conviction."
‑ Benjo Colautti, We Got This Covered
"Warrior is an unbelievably effective film, not just because it's emotionally rich, but because it doesn't treat the MMA sport like a joke."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
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