Million Dollar Baby
Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) is a veteran boxing trainer who has devoted his life to the ring and has precious little to show for it; his daughter never answers his letters, and a fighter he's groomed into contender status has paid him… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 15, 2004
DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Clint Eastwood's assured direction - combined with knockout performances from Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman - help Million Dollar Baby to transcend its clichés, and the result is deeply heartfelt and moving.

Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

The movie is simultaneously conventional and subversive, broad and nuanced, shamelessly manipulative and genuinely moving, a cheap sucker punch and a work of real moral weight.

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David Edelstein

It's impressive, in the sense that a sucker-punch impresses itself on your skull.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Its very conventionality is what makes it so compelling; we've seen this before, but it still gets us every time.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The only differences between this new film and its many forebears are that the young hopeful is a woman and the finish is unforeseen.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

It is thoughtful, unfashionable, measured, mostly honest, sometimes clumsy or remote, often exciting, occasionally moving and eventually surprising. It's correct.

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Sean Axmaker

Always one of America's most undervalued directors, Clint Eastwood is proving himself the American cinema's national treasure in the third act of his career.

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David Ansen

As an actor, Eastwood has rarely taken on a character as complex as Frankie Dunn.

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David Germain
Associated Press

Barely a year after the release of Mystic River, Clint Eastwood delivers a second consecutive drama that fearlessly probes the shadows of human morality without falling back on easy answers.

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Peter Bradshaw

A heartfelt, creditable picture.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This impressive feat from actor/director Clint Eastwood makes for a tearful cry, which is rare in a sports dramas, and it also says a lot about a character that… More
Film Crazy
This is one of my favourite movies, i simply adore this movie! I've since this movie countless times and i think this is the first movie i watched that… More
Al S
A masterpiece, plain and simple. A total knockout of a movie right to the heart. Absolutely perfect. Unforgettable and Powerful. Brilliant, remarkable and… More
Martin Sahlin
A great movie. And a sad movie. Not what you think it is. Swank is great. Eastwood is great (behind and infront of the camera) and Freeman....he does his thing.… More
Kevin M. Williams
Eastwood's masterpiece, pure and simple, with guts and glory, respect, honor and love, and boxing (that venerable movie warhorse, trotted out again, this… More
Manu Gino
Beyond his silence, there is a past. Beyond her dreams, there is a feeling. Beyond hope, there is a memory. Beyond their journey, there is a love. Saw it… More