A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.
" Only Amy Adams, playing Micky's tough-tender girlfriend Charlene, manages to be convincingly working-class without seeming either dopey or rabid or strung-out. "
" The Fighter is funny, ferocious, sad, sweet, pulpy, and violent. Sometimes, all in the same minute. "
" By far the most rousing, expertly cast movie this year... "
" A great boxing movie, a great film about family. Gritty, thrilling, inspirational. Deserves multiple Oscar nominations. "
" You may not physically experience the punches that rain upon Mark Wahlberg's dogged pro boxer "Irish" Micky Ward, but it feels as if you do. "
" "The Fighter" easily could have slipped into boxing-film cliches, but Russell doesn't let that happen. Instead, it lands its hardest blows while chronicling the struggle of a family, which is a far more interesting fight. "
" As a film, "The Fighter" is a sturdy, solid slugger - but not quite a champ. "
" It's audacious, it's fun, it's rowdy, and it's just twisted enough to always be interesting. Beyond that, it's one of the year's best acting showcases and likely to grab multiple Oscar nominations. "
" Because we aren't deeply invested in Micky, we don't care as much as we should, and the film ends on a note that should be triumph but feels more like simple conclusion. "
" What really holds this together is Wahlberg's low-key, firmly internalized performance as a man torn between his loyalty to the clan and his responsibility to himself. "
" This is polished entertainment with a little edge, a juicy urban fable for grown-ups. "
" The movie has so much texture that once it gets you, you're good and got. "
" "The Fighter" is entertaining from beginning to end and contains two brilliant and extreme supporting performances that are among the year's best. "
" Makes too many concessions to the Hollywood judges, pulls too many punches. "
" The Fighter, its heart full to bursting, is an emotional powerhouse that comes close to spilling over. "
" The Fighter is so muscularly and tenderly good because it trains its eye on the matches that take place between kin. "
" A flawed, frequently ludicrous but overwhelmingly likeable film, old-school to the core and none the worse for it. "
" "The Fighter" is a great, gutsy boxing story, a knowingly detailed, compelling, often very funny look inside the lives of underdogs battling for respect. "
" A tough, bare-knuckled, compassionate meditation on every family's rope-a-dope between tribal bonds and self-definition. Both, it turns out, are worth going to the mat for. "
" It feels like it comes from real life as well as the movies. "
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