A former Marine (Tom Hardy) and his estranged brother square off in a mixed-martial-arts tournament.
" The movie is so skillfully made, and the performances are so convincingly real (Hardy is sensational), that, as it reaches its cathartic, winning finish, it achieves a surprising compassion and honesty. "
" Choppy editing makes a hash out of the fight scenes, and, by the end, a Neanderthal sensibility asserts itself: A brotherly beating makes the heart grow fonder. "
" Yes, the coincidences are fast and furious, but both Edgerton and Hardy give powerful performances as damaged men. "
" This doesn't pack a punch like 'The Fighter' - but it's still a must for grapple fans. "
" The plot is Shakespeare meets Balboa. "
" Warrior ends up feeling a lot bigger than you expect it to. "
" Director Gavin O'Connor comes out swinging in this flawed but fiercely moving family drama...Strong stuff. "
" A cheap exploitation picture wrapped in miles and miles of stale would-be Oscar scenes... "
" For all the contemporary references, it's essentially a spin on the story of Cain and Abel, which may be the reason it feels timeless. "
" This fictional drama about two men struggling with the anger planted in them by their abusive father has moments of power that push through a fake-out script. "
" "Warrior" could have used a bit more guts. But it's still a knockout. "
" The beats are familiar, the stakes are high, the fights are brutal, and the rewards are just. "
" O'Connor films the fight scenes, and the fight training scenes leading up to them, with the requisite oomph. "
" It's too corny to live. But the picture is a slam dunk. I mean a ground-and-pound double-leg takedown. It's really gripping. "
" Warrior is a weirdly affecting hybrid, a 100-proof melodrama that's two-thirds Sylvester Stallone and one-third Eugene O'Neill. Think Rocky's Long Day's Journey into Night. "
" While "Warrior" does offer enough jaw-snapping action to sate any 'roid-ragers in the audience, it works on deeper levels as well. "
" Hits things so hard, both literally and metaphorically, that it's hard not to feel pummeled yourself by the time it's over. "
" It's also a fight movie that knows all the fight movie cliches and doesn't shy away from embracing them wholeheartedly. But it hits its marks and hits them well, and feels fresh even as it traffics so deeply in the familiar. "
" Warrior's three principle characterizations are compelling - Nolte in particular gives a tempered performance as the shambling, sad-eyed wreck of a dad - but not enough to mask the film's lesser elements. "
" Nolte's performance is masterful, marshalling together pain and regret and a slowly dawning comprehension in a single wince. But all this film has going for it besides him are its incredibly brutal fight scenes. "
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