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Based on 41 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The Fighter, its heart full to bursting, is an emotional powerhouse that comes close to spilling over. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Ultimately, The Fighter loses its courage and betrays the terms of its own story by fashioning an interpretation designed to please the people it portrays. It does a switch on us, by changing its focus from Micky's character to Micky's career and then pretending it was really about the career all along. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Visionary director David O. Russell so deftly weaves the family's story that we, too, are initially seduced by Dicky. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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 best hope for worldly success in the name of sustaining him. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The Fighter is funny, ferocious, sad, sweet, pulpy, and violent. Sometimes, all in the same minute. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    By far the most rousing, expertly cast movie this year, David O. Russell's movie takes a roundabout way of telling its true story. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    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 kitchens, living rooms and tough streets where the story takes place. The characters engage you up to a point but never really pull you in. show more

  • 55
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    The tragedy of The Fighter is that Wahlberg's performance suggests a character who wants more. And yet Russell barely seems to notice how much subtlety Wahlberg brings to his role, or to the movie at large. show more

  • 80
    Jeannette Catsoulis NPR

    At its best, The Fighter takes on the chasm between televised boxing and its mostly working-class, aspirational origins with grit and intelligence. show more

  • 100
    Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel

    That rare film in which every performer in it leaves the viewer in awe. show more

  • September 02, 2011 Marlyn
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    to Saav9705: Mark Wahlberg is a low life himself and I am sure that's one of the reasons he took the role.. please read his wikipedia page..the man is a racist and once a racist always a racist

  • August 30, 2011 The mud Doctor
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  • April 23, 2011 cr00000000089569
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    excellant movie, acting ,story very realistic, some of the best work from these actors and actreses, Cristian Bale excellant the movie was one of the best I have seen in some time.

  • April 05, 2011 qv00000000088972
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    Good acting, but wasn\'t that impressed.

  • March 30, 2011 Saav9705
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    This movie was about the lowest class of human beings you can find. The family of Mark Wahlberg were pure trash. The mother and sisters were all about taking advantage of Wahlberg and using him purely for their needs. They had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. The brother, Bale, was a drug addict former boxer who silmilary was just using his brother until he gets thrown in jail, sobers up, and repents (after getting out of jail he lets his brother continue with his new girl and manager without intervening). Apart from this insignificant gesture, he too had no redeeming qualities. In fact, just about everybody in this movie, with the exception of Wahlberg's father and new girlfriend, were low lifes. I don't like to say this about anyone, but anyone in Wahlberg's shoes should have been smart enough to run as far away from his trash family as possible. This was clear. Why he didn't is beyond me. Anyone who sees this money will notice (1) this trash and (2) ask "why in the world didn't Wahlberg get rid of his family long ago." The movie and especially the characters sucked.

  • March 28, 2011 buddy20112011
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    Good movie. Gritty story with performances to match

  • March 20, 2011 jackd1207
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    For the first 35 or 40 minutes I was thinking, "this has to get better...soon". Bale'e remarkable transformation into an irritating, self destructive character was masterful. However, his Character, "Dicky", with the enabling help of his white trash mother and (7) despicable sisters arely nearly successful in dragging their brother/son, and potential boxing contender (Miky Ward), into their swamp of Failure, human squaller, and degradation. Great acting on Bale's part, but it made his character no less unlikeable. The rest of the movie was better, but was definitely no "Rocky", which was the producer and director's stated goal. Even Wahlberg's character was not a likeable as Rocky. That said; an overall entertaining two hours.

  • March 16, 2011 Sir Raymond
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    This movie was well worth the wait for dvd. Christain Bale gives an outstanding performance. It shows that with hope and faith, anythings possable. Mark Whalburg is just great in the lead.....******* Bale who steals this movie.

  • March 15, 2011 MatHam157
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    big performances - some more effective than others - and solid direction by David O. Russell raise The Fighter above sports-drama thoroughfare

  • March 13, 2011 Wadis Place
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    This is one of the Best Movies I have seen this year. It is an inspiring Rags to Riches story of a man who beats the odds. His family and mostly his Brother are the two biggest problems in his life. But at the end, after standing up to his family, and getting a Girl Friend, life seems to fall into place for him, and he becomes Welter Weight Champion of the World. Definately a 5 Star Movie!!!

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