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Based on 40 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's the classic American tale of the family man triumphant, and Howard makes sure that it hits you right in the heart. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    An unflinching and historically rich rendering of an amazing story. He has made what is easily the best American film so far this year. show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A premier boxing movie and a forceful Depression remembrance for the socially conscious, Cinderella Man also ices it for stargazers that Russell Crowe is the dominant screen actor working today. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Ron Howard's Depression-era movie also works from the inside out, building a classic underdog drama from depth of character, rich texture, vivid detail and stirring performances. show more

  • 100
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Cinderella Man is not a movie about boxing, but about this boxer who personified the heart and hope of 1935. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Without Crowe and Paul Giamatti, this movie would have little in its corner. show more

  • 100
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Ron Howard and Russell Crowe bring the Braddock story to vivid life in a superbly acted, beautifully shot, highly engaging drama that ranks as one of Howard's best efforts. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    In sum, the classical Ron Howard and his splendid cast have made a spellbinding movie that joins "Million Dollar Baby," as well as "Raging Bull," the first two "Rocky" pictures, and "Fat City" as one of boxing cinema's all-time heavyweight champs. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Jim Braddock is almost transparent in the simple goodness of his character; that must have made him almost impossible to play. Russell Crowe makes him fascinating, and it takes a moment of two of thought to appreciate how difficult that must have been. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Smashing, supremely engrossing picture. show more

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