Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
This one, as thoughtful as it is rousing, scores a TKO.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
While the film handles itself well in the ring, it's brilliant in the arena of a blue-collar family that brutalizes its younger son and best hope for worldly success in the name of sustaining him.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The Fighter is funny, ferocious, sad, sweet, pulpy, and violent. Sometimes, all in the same minute.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The Fighter, its heart full to bursting, is an emotional powerhouse that comes close to spilling over.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Visionary director David O. Russell so deftly weaves the family's story that we, too, are initially seduced by Dicky.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The Fighter is this close to a triumph: a movie that steeps us in the grit of its time and place - Lowell, Mass., in the 1990s - and electrifyingly dramatizes Ward's battles with the family that almost loved him to death.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
By far the most rousing, expertly cast movie this year, David O. Russell's movie takes a roundabout way of telling its true story.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Ultimately, The Fighter loses its courage and betrays the terms of its own story by fashioning an interpretation designed to please the people it portrays. It does a switch on us, by changing its focus from Micky's character to Micky's career and then pretending it was really about the career all along.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
The tragedy of The Fighter is that Wahlberg's performance suggests a character who wants more. And yet Russell barely seems to notice how much subtlety Wahlberg brings to his role, or to the movie at large.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
So like much of this film, the viewer is turned into an observer. You never feel close enough to the action, either in the ring or in the kitchens, living rooms and tough streets where the story takes place. The characters engage you up to a point but never really pull you in.
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79 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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