The Wrestler Synopsis
An aging wrestler (Mickey Rourke) goads his battered body into handling a comeback.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The movie has the simplicity and confidence of a Johnny Cash song.
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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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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is Rourke doing astonishing physical acting.
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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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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...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's a haunting, scary, funny, sad portrayal from Rourke.
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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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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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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...
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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...
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By MIkeNYC99
This movie finally proves to me how useless Fandago is in terms of reading the 'fan rating' scale as to weather or not you need to see a movie. If anyone rates this less than 'go' then they simply...

The Wrestler

By lhorsley
What a piece of garbage. I don't even want my adult kids watching it. Bordered on porn and this is what gets the awards, sad state of affairs. Should have just walked out, my mistake....

An Aronofsky Fan

By skpstein
Sure, I'm Biased. I love Darren Aronofsky. After seeing the wrestler, I can't wait to buy it on DVD and I can't wait to see his next film. But, The Wrestler is by far one of Darren's best. The...

This makes my Top 5 list for 2008!!!

By astroboy73
Evan Rachel Wood and Mickey Rourke blew my mind in one of the most heartfelt movies of the year. Also, Marisa Tomei will surprise you in more ways in than one. For wrestling fans, Necro Butcher and...

The Wrestler

By ambrosia22
All of the elements were there. Beautifully shot, intriguing storyline, incredible talent... and somehow it still didn't do it for me. I was disappointed. I couldn't connect with any of the...

I saw it

By abslice
Depressing, sad and Bad ending... Marisa Tomei though, Hot as allways. I've had a crush on her for the longest time....


By Dai_bach
I have to say I had some reservations about seeing this movie at first, I was expecting a Rocky-Style pump up the action movie, with spandex. Instead, you are pulled into a story of a man who knows he...

Randy The Ram

By Daydream
Being a fan of Darren Aronofsky and his previous directed films, The Fountain and Reqium for a Dream, I decided to give The Wrestler a chance. Critics raved Rourke's performance and he lived up to...

for the both the wrestling fan and non-fan alike

By mahay29
This movie is good for the both the wrestling fan and non-fan alike. Wrestling fans are indulged into the world of which they wish they had a larger window and non fans will finally understand that...

Only Aronofsky

By Clementine
Fantastic. An absolute masterpiece. The whole film was shot by holding the cameras rather than mounting them on a stand because Aronfsky said he wanted the film to have more of a documentary...

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Rated R | For violence, sexuality/nudity, language and some drug use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Brilliant drama about rough redemption is for adults only.
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