The Wrestler
The Wrestler (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 5, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mickey Rourke gives a performance for the ages in The Wrestler, a richly affecting, heart-wrenching yet ultimately rewarding drama.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

It's a wonderful, career-reviving performance, and you can't imagine the movie without him. Welcome back, Mickey.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

The chance to play that poignant confusion is the real prize that Rourke and Tomei earn in The Wrestler.

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Mark Asch
Stop Smiling

A quarter-century (and, one senses, a lot longer in Rourke Years) since he pulled the popcorn-bag trick on Carol Heathrow and then talked his way back into her good graces, we'll still forgive Mickey Rourke anything.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

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.

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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News

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.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

The most interesting aspect of the film is its depiction of the irreconcilable difference between someone's public and private personae.

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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

Aronofsky directs with unfussy candour, alternating between the intensity of the wrestling and the drabness of Randy's 'real' life.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

Simon Miraudo

As the film points out, wrestling may be fixed, but it certainly ain't fake. This may be a film, but it certainly ain't fake either.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Possibly the most beautifully filmed work I have seen---the cinematography is absolutely gorgeous. Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei are excellent--they give… More
Albert Kim
"The Wrestler" has almost nothing to do with wrestling... typically a Darren Aronofsky thing. The narrative is traditionally linear and simple, but it… More
xGary Xx
20 years after his hay day, Randy "The Ram" is still trying to nurse his broken body through the independent wrestling circuit when he suffers a heart… More
Phil Hubbs
Mickey Rourke makes his career movie, a moving, emotional down to gritty earth story of an old sore wrestler who tries to make it with a failing heart and… More
Jens S.
Mickey Rourke's Wrestler performance is already one of the outstanding, iconic acting jobs of the last few decades, one of the most convincing acting jobs… More
Kevin M. Williams
An intense character study about the difference between the dreams we have for life versus the often brutal reality (that cuts like a dull knife - on a good… More