100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The movie has the simplicity and confidence of a Johnny Cash song.
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100

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The Wrestler is a character study, no more and no less, yet it's open-ended enough to function as many things.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is Rourke doing astonishing physical acting.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Wrestler is like "Rocky" made by the Scorsese of "Mean Streets." It's the rare movie fairy tale that's also a bravura work of art.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
You watch The Wrestler (with a superb title song from Bruce Springsteen) in a state of pure exhilaration. A great actor in a great movie will do that to you.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's a haunting, scary, funny, sad portrayal from Rourke.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

Bolstered by a career-best performance from Mickey Rourke and outstanding work by Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Both Rourke and Tomei bring a tender, lived-in honesty to their sad roles.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Director, Darren Aronofsky, and the writer, Robert D. Siegel, have turned the story of this washed-up faux gladiator into a film of authentic beauty and commanding consequence.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The story has its clichéd and sentimental moments. It's no "Raging Bull," more like "Rocky" shot with a handheld camera. But Rourke's wounded tough guy is undeniably captivating.
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81 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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