• The Fighter (2010)

The Fighter

Release Date: December 10th, 2010

DVD Release Date: March 15th, 2011

R |1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary

For Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), boxing is a family affair. His tough-as-nails mother is his manager. His half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale), once a promising boxer himself, is his very unreliable trainer. Despite Micky's hard work, he is losing and, when the latest fight nearly kills him, he follows his girlfriend's advice and splits from the family. Then Micky becomes a contender for the world title and he -- and his family -- earns a shot at redemption.

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Jack McGee, Mickey O'Keefe, Melissa McMeekin, Bianca Hunter

Director: David O. Russell

Genres: Drama , Biography

Production Co: Mandeville Films, Closest to the Hole, Relativity

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Girlfriend, Underdog, Emotional, Rise, Mother, Tense, Brother, Transformation, 2000s, London, Quest, Sister, Inspiring

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Jeannette CatsoulisNPR

    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

  • 55
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    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

  • 50
    Kirk HoneycuttThe 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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Film Editing
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)