The Fighter
The Fighter (2010)

Mark Wahlberg stars in Paramount Pictures' inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born, junior welterweight title winner "Irish" Micky Ward. A determined pugilist whose career in the ring was… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 10, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2011
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Led by a trio of captivating performances from Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams, The Fighter is a solidly entertaining, albeit predictable, entry in the boxing drama genre.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

A flawed, frequently ludicrous but overwhelmingly likeable film, old-school to the core and none the worse for it.

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Richard Roeper

A great boxing movie, a great film about family. Gritty, thrilling, inspirational. Deserves multiple Oscar nominations.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

But while this was amusing in a comedic or satiric context, it backfires in a dramatic narrative in which the protagonist should warrant our sympathies.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Makes too many concessions to the Hollywood judges, pulls too many punches.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

It's audacious, it's fun, it's rowdy, and it's just twisted enough to always be interesting. Beyond that, it's one of the year's best acting showcases and likely to grab multiple Oscar nominations.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

Russell walks a narrow line between laughing with the family and laughing at them, but the film never crosses over into parody.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The Fighter is so muscularly and tenderly good because it trains its eye on the matches that take place between kin.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Only Amy Adams, playing Micky's tough-tender girlfriend Charlene, manages to be convincingly working-class without seeming either dopey or rabid or strung-out.

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Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian

Blue-collar Bostonian has replaced Southern redneck as Hollywood's white-trash signifier of choice.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
It is always a pleasure to see a sincere drama that doesn't give in to cheap clichés or easy melodrama but is instead a compelling film that simply relies… More
Chris Weber
It's so hard to make a boxing film that really stands out anymore, so thankfully, this one didn't really try and did something I respect even more:… More
Jens S.
A dysfunctional family both supports and cripples their son's aspiring boxing career. While Wahlberg as the fighter is more or less the obvious choice… More
Christian C
Bale gives an excellent performance. A strong film.
Kevin M. Williams
the thing about boxing movies is that they're boxing movies, it's hard to get out of the rut, yah? rich performances by all concerned in this take,… More
Eugene Bernabe
A dramatic story drenched in pure humanity and a fighting struggle for balance. The Fighter is that rare boxing-drama film that executes especially with its… More