Cinderella Man
Cinderella Man (2005)

The true story of an athlete who achieved his greatest success against the most daunting odds of his life is brought to the screen in this historical drama. In the 1920s, James Braddock (Russell Crowe) from Bergen, NJ, was a promising… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 29, 2005
DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With grittiness and an evocative sense of time and place, Cinderella Man is a powerful underdog story. And Ron Howard and Russell Crowe prove to be a solid combination.

David Ansen

Howard's movie skillfully delivers that primal, heart-pounding satisfaction that is the promise of all boxing tales.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

A superficially rousing portrait of Depression-era legend James J. Braddock.

Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

The complexities of genuine human beings have no place in a Ron Howard production. This is film where a good woman stands behind her man, children listen to their father, and the Great Depression is described as a bit of hard times.

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Jay Ruttenberg
Time Out

As for the fights themselves, Howard brings nothing new to the canvas. Like the movie as a whole, they work fine enough, even while encased in leaden certitude.

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Jonathan F. Richards

The joy is in the playing, and Ron Howard pulls out all the stops like the organist at the old Madison Square Garden.

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Joshua Starnes

It ain't no Rocky, but it ain't half bad.

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Mark Salisbury
Time Out

The fight scenes have a stinging authenticity and, although at 144 minutes it outstays its welcome, this is Howard's best film since Apollo 13

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The storytelling is fluid and gripping.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

The affection for Braddock and his story can be felt in every frame and heard in every word.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Cinderella Man is yet another terrific Ron Howard film. Based on the life of James Braddock. The cast that Howard directs is incredible. Russell Crow deliver a… More
Jim Careter
Its not Rocky, but its pretty damn close! Russell Crowe is tremendous, along with Zellweger, but the true light goes on Giamatti for his incredible… More
Manu Gino
When America was on its knees, he brought us to our feet. Saw it again! Perfect movie, no flaws whatsoever. Undoubtedly one or the best sports and boxing… More
Mike S
Boxing in the 1930's is no more interesting to me than boxing the way it is today. Yet, to my great pleasure and amazement, this was about so much more… More
Kase Vollebregt
At first sight, Ron Howard's 'Cinderella Man' may seem like a better movie than it actually is. Not until after the credits role do you realize… More
Dan Schultz
A competently acted, well told old-school story concerning a boxer (Russell Crowe) who is forced back into the ring due to the Great Depression, and how his… More