The Fighter Synopsis
A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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One of the best "boxer from the 'hood" movies...

By scottb14
Having seen almost every movie made about the struggles of fighters, the concept wasn't exactly thrilling. However, this one is different. And a big reason is the amazing story and acting. If...

Hell of a story

By tt_232010
I was thoroughly entertained by the great acting of both Mark Walhberg and Christian Bale. The movie itself is a great story. Like all great movies, it tells the reality of the best and worst side of...


By fandersen2003
The Fighter was a really great movie... If you're from the Boston area you'll get a kick out of all the characters as each of them will surely remind you of someone you really know. And I'm not a...

Authentic,Award Winning....

By lovestalentmoviefan
...based on true life movie is ripe for awards. Bale just filled me with his anxious desperation at times-then switched to frustration at his facade of arrogance. Then once again,with the epiphany of...

The Fighter

By mamartinez
This movie needs to get an oscar. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. The relationship between these two brothers was so real and heart breaking that by the end of the movie i was in tears....


By travincalll
I love boxing movies and I'm only 26 but this was pure TRASH. How the hell did this get such good reviews? Nothing but an incoherent attempt at a dramatic come-up story about a dumb junkie washed up...

Christian Bale and Mark Whalberg are great

By leroyjabari
Once again these 2 superb actors show why they are so great. There are funny scenes, serious scenes and great fight scenes. I agree with the modern day Rocky, but I see more. i see one of the best...

Five Word Review

By brand0at
A Must See Movie Fastastic!...

you'll beat yourself up

By MFrick806
Great movie with a real storyline. If you were part of a large family you will see yourself at times; struggling to be yourself. Must see for mature teens and adults....

the fighter

By irathecritic
Excellent movie,wonderful acting by the 3 leads. Good story with good family conflict. Even my non sports fan wife enjoyed it.It's about a fighter,contains fight scenes but is not a fight move....

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Rated R | For some violence, sexuality, language throughout and drug content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Boxing biopic mixes inspiring story, mature content.
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