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Based on 39 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The knockout punch comes from Eastwood. His stripped-down performance -- as powerful as anything he's ever done -- has a rugged, haunting beauty. The same goes for the movie. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Ages well in memory because it gradually seems to mean more. Its meaning can't be summed up in a sentence, but it has to do with a view of life as inexpressibly sad and yet always right. show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    As good as "Unforgiven." Or, to put it another way, as good as any movie Eastwood has ever directed. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    It is thoughtful, unfashionable, measured, mostly honest, sometimes clumsy or remote, often exciting, occasionally moving and eventually surprising. It's correct. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    This heartbreaking film, with its rich performances and simple eloquence, lays claim to greatness. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Million Dollar Baby is a knockout. It is Clint Eastwood's baby in every respect — a movie that approaches the level of great boxing films, like "Raging Bull," by using sport as a metaphor for human nature. show more

  • 100
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Under Eastwood's painstakingly stripped-down direction -- his filmmaking has become the cinematic equivalent of Hemingway's spare though precise prose -- the story emerges as that rarest of birds, an uplifting tragedy. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A masterpiece, pure and simple, deep and true...The best film of the year. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Achieves a mellowness and melancholy that recalls the jazzy dissonance of director (and here, composer) Eastwood's best work: "The Outlaw Josey Wales," "Bird," "Unforgiven" and "Mystic River." show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    It's an ideal match, and Eastwood deserves accolades as both director and star of this powerfully made picture. show more

  • October 08, 2012 moonlightlace2
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    I thought it was a GREAT movie, Best director, best actors, best everything I loved it ! !

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  • August 14, 2010 Diego45469
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    Good movie.

  • October 28, 2009 VALTI232
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  • July 15, 2008 Sweetrose
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    This flick is a real heart-grabber; Eastwood makes his best directorial smash. Maggie(Swank) ,is a tough gal who wants to compete in the "male dominated" sport of Boxing.Bruce Almighty actor Freeman, gives this film a real warm touch. I hated Maggie's family,because they did not care anything about her until she came into money.We find this "hard as nails" stranger was closer to this darling than her own family was.I felt a tug,as Eastwood was wrestling a hard decision at the church. A Bravo performance to Swank,Eastwood and Freeman for this awesome film.

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