“A True Sport Biopic, That Is Hard Hitting Entertaining And Factual. A Must Watch For Bale Fan's.”
“Fighting In And Out Of The Ring”
“A Gritty And Realistic Film, The Punches And Blows Sounded Even Better Than They Did In Raging Bull.”
“That Guy Has 16 Pounds On Me Dicky!”
“Every Fighter Struggles....Micky Ward Went Beyond That!”
“I've Been Watching A Lot Of Masterpieces Lately.”
“Despite The Film's Routine Characters And The Terribly Predictable Plot, "The Fighter" Is Enjoyable Enough Thanks To Its Leading Quartet Of Oscar Worthy Performances And Director David O' Russell's Inventive Style.”
“Hollywood Had A True Story Of Someone That Did Not BECAME SOMEONE But ACHIEVED SOMETHING.”
“I'm Not A Stepping Stone Anymore”
“I'm The One Fighting! Not You, Not You, And Not You!”
“There's No Way This Guy Just Got Off The F*cking Couch. If He Did, I'm Gonna Buy That Couch!”
“The Fighter Is An Emotional , Compelling , Truly Inspirational Film. Christan Bale And Mark Whalberg Give The Performances Of There Career In One Of The Finest Boxing Films I Have Ever Seen. The Fighter Will Have You Stand Up And Cheer .. SEE THIS MOVIE!!”
“How Many Douchebags Does It Take To Make A Great Movie?”
“The Best Boxing Film Since Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull”
“Top Notch Film Making.”
“Powerful, Moving And Entertaining, "The Fighter" Is Absolutely One Of The Best Films Of The Year. Mark Wahlberg And Amy Adams Are Really Incredible But It Is Christian Bale And Melissa Leo Who Steal The Film With Their Frighteningly Real Performances.”
“Good Movie, Great Documentary”
“A Good Inside Look At The Outside Life Of A Boxer.”
There's a certain predictability to The Fighter, yet that's part of the appeal of the fight genre. This one, as thoughtful as it is rousing, scores a TKO.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
With solid bodywork, clever feints and tremendous heart, it scores at least a TKO, by which I mean both that it falls just short of overpowering greatness...and that the most impressive thing about it is technique.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Both Wahlberg and Bale are excellent in their different registers, as are Melissa Leo and Amy Adams as the differently calibrated women.
Philip French - Guardian [UK]
The Fighter looks at first as if it is going to be a far more interesting movie than the straightforward and even rather undemanding drama we finally get.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Bale is astounding as a strangely charismatic weasel, giving probably the best performance of his career.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
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.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
At its punchy, profane best, "The Fighter'' struts along the line between melodrama and comedy.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
After a volatile first half, Micky eclipses Dicky, and The Fighter settles into a predictably rutted narrative arc.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
By far the most rousing, expertly cast movie this year...
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
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.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
This is polished entertainment with a little edge, a juicy urban fable for grown-ups.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
The Fighter is so muscularly and tenderly good because it trains its eye on the matches that take place between kin.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
The Fighter is at its most interesting as a comeback story about people who've seen too many comeback stories...
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
The movie has so much texture that once it gets you, you're good and got.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
Takes a heavy swing at us, and misses.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
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.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
It feels like it comes from real life as well as the movies.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
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.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
The Fighter is funny, ferocious, sad, sweet, pulpy, and violent. Sometimes, all in the same minute.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
"The Fighter" is a great, gutsy boxing story, a knowingly detailed, compelling, often very funny look inside the lives of underdogs battling for respect.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
Tom Long - Detroit News
"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.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
These are characters so repulsive that it's hard to care what happens to them, but it's to the credit of a superb cast that you do end up caring.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
If The Fighter feels like kind of a mess, lurching from one scene to the next as if the film itself has taken a few hits to the head, that's not entirely a bad thing.
Peter Debruge - Variety
Pity the boxing movie that thinks it can be both "Raging Bull" and "Rocky."
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Acting for the silver screen doesn't get more raw, moving or accomplished than what you see in "The Fighter," that rare film in which every performer in it leaves the viewer in awe.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Wildly uneven and about as entertaining, "The Fighter" is committed to the rambunctious masculine energy of the boxing ring.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
Makes too many concessions to the Hollywood judges, pulls too many punches.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Russell has taken a tale of mythic American redemption and one of those Hollywood screenplays with four credited writers and somehow made a movie so rousing, so real and so full of complicated emotions that it all feels brand-new.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Russell has always excelled at finding new ways to use familiar actors, and every performance in The Fighter is noteworthy if not outstanding.
Dana Stevens - Slate
True story of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward is played for domestic drama about a dysfunctional family that never quite earns your sympathy.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Less a boxing drama than a drama with some boxing in it, The Fighter turns Bale loose in a supporting role that dominates director David O. Russell's film.
David Germain - Associated Press
Wahlberg has the requisite tough physicality, but his emotional take on Micky is pleasingly delicate.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
The Fighter, its heart full to bursting, is an emotional powerhouse that comes close to spilling over.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
A great boxing movie, a great film about family. Gritty, thrilling, inspirational. Deserves multiple Oscar nominations.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
The movie initially feels like more of a near thing than the filmmakers anticipated, but as in boxing it's only the final decision that counts.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
While Bale turns in a 5-star performance, his character's story bobs and weaves around Wahlberg's simpler, steady efforts.
Matt Looker - TheShiznit.co.uk
This film was supposed to be a crowd-pleaser, but in the end, there's just not a whole lot to be pleased about
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Wahlberg gives a restrained and generous performance, which allows his co-stars Leo and Bale to shine (and win awards).
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
May not be a boxing classic, but it's got loads of spit-in-your-eye spirit
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
'The Fighter' isn't revolutionary, but Russell's tweaking of the formula and stellar work by the actors, especially Bale, elevate it above many of its peers.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
a tale told with the deft precision of a talented filmmaker and the enthusiasm of a lead who cares about his subject.
James Luxford - The National
An excellent cast highlights this stirring boxing drama.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
While the crowd cheered, I didn't want Micky to win the fight. I wanted somebody ... to come along and rescue him from his family's ignorance.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Russell delivers what we least expect from him: a pro-family film.
Matthew Sorrento - IdentityTheory
...a boxing movie for people who couldn't care less about boxing.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Mas que una pelicula sobre boxeo, un drama familiar sobre dos hermanos diferentes, una madre dominante y una posibilidad de redencion y exito. El show se lo roban Christian Bale y Melissa Leo con dos de las mejores interpretaciones del ano.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
The Fighter proves that the boxing movie still has life. It also underlines just what a distinctive actor Bale has become.
Geoffrey Macnab - Uncut Magazine [UK]
Christian Bale - reduced lately to whispering solemnity in the likes of Dark Knight and Terminator Salvation - gets to really cut loose with Dicky in a performance that is sure to give Geoffrey Rush a run for his money on Oscar night.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
The ring action in The Fighter is bruising enough, but it's the drama outside the ropes that will leave you reeling.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Predictable, but solid enough.
Catherine Bray - Film4
With a clutch of Oscar nominations, including nods for Bale, Adams and Leo, The Fighter is a serious contender that connects powerfully.
- Daily Express
We grow to respect each character's perceptions and forgive their faults, allowing them to win us over in a jubilant finale - a far cry from the schmaltzy The Blind Side.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
As atuacoes grandiosas e marcantes so funcionam por serem ancoradas pela performance centrada e discreta do sempre subestimado Mark Wahlberg.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Wahlberg, always so physically solid, is deep inside himself in this role.
David Sexton - This is London
A movie with both brains and brawn and a knockout performance from Bale, The Fighter takes a familiar rags-to-riches story and delivers a feelgood hit.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
An incredible story of triumph against adversity in and out of the boxing ring.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
Bale, looking rail-thin and wideeyed, has the Oscar nomination and Golden Globe win, but it's Wahlberg who's the more memorable in a less showy role.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Bale steals the movie with a mesmerisingly goofy performance.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
[A] rickety, unfocused contraption of a film that sputters and chugs along without offering any hint of why its director thought it was worth making.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
Russell throws so much at the screen that there is little time to make your mind up.
Kevin Maher - Little White Lies
When is a cliche not a cliche? When the cast of The Fighter delivers it, apparently.
Mike Edwards - Obsessed With Film
Impressively directed and superbly written, this is an emotionally arresting boxing drama with a quartet of terrific performances from Wahlberg, Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Mike Edwards - What Culture
This is easily the most shamelessly enjoyable boxing flick since Rocky.
Adam Smith - Radio Times
A flawed, frequently ludicrous but overwhelmingly likeable film, old-school to the core and none the worse for it.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
I wouldn't go so far as to call this movie an absolute knockout, but it is certainly well worth a look.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
This is a story about guts: having 'em, trusting 'em, spilling 'em.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
The film bounces us from one pugilistic or domestic affray to the next, only coming to a near-standstill whenever Wahlberg gets acting space. It goes to show.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Dare I say it? It's knockout.
Jamie Dunn - Skinny
Jamie Dunn - The Skinny
Two very different but equally powerful performances combine to deliver an exhilarating fight-flick that, like its scrappy central character, is impossible not to root for.
Adam Smith - Empire Magazine
The flaw at The Fighter's heart is the fact that Bale's all over the place. It's a frog-faced, flailing-armed, look at meeee performance that, had it come from Nicolas Cage, would have drawn scorn across the board.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Wahlberg ensures we stay rooted in Micky's journey, for all the script and fellow performers' broad strokes, cliches and conventionalities, and that we root for the scrapper through every round in the ring.
Jay Antani - Cinema Writer
The Fighter is an enjoyable underdog-triumphs-over-adversity story.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
It's a rousing, compassionate, bare-knuckled ride powerful enough to score a KO, while Bale, Wahlberg, Leo and Adams are all award-worthy excellent.
Matt Mueller - Total Film
All Wahlberg does is stand quietly in the corner, delivering the most authentic, nuanced performance in the film.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
In many ways, the film is akin to its lead actor Wahlberg: solid, committed and with just enough spark to ward off the blandness.
Alice Tynan - Concrete Playground
The Fighter is full of powerful scenes and performances, but in the end, like the character of Micky, it's a bit annoying.
David Stratton - The Australian
Putting aside the characters who get unfair treatment, and the one too many segues which work clumsily to keep pace with the demands of story arc, such touches make The Fighter a better than average boxing movie.
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
David O'Russell captures the conflict beautifully.
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
While the template is fairly predictable, it nevertheless works.
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
The details are so peculiar, the film has a strange and vital ambience of its own.
Peter Galvin - sbs.com.au
Wahlberg's duties as Micky are largely confined to that of a dramatic anchor. This might be a thankless role by comparison, but The Fighter would fail to land its knockout blow without him.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Though director David O Russell does embrace the feel-good cliches embedded into movie folklore by Rocky, he does so with a rousing conviction that pushes all the right buttons.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
On its way to the inevitable big bout, The Fighter dallies with schmaltz but is always compelling and it earns its uplifting finale. Plus, the fights are awesome.
Paul Scantlebury - Flicks.co.nz
The characters are fully developed and the boxing sequences are enthralling. You've always got a ringside seat to the action.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
Christian Bale steals the show with his unforgettable performance in this absorbing and bruising drama.
Mark Demetrius - FILMINK (Australia)
Thankfully the performances -- together with the convincingly seedy Lowell, Massachusetts setting -- give the story enough life to keep the cliches from feeling like boxes being checked off on a list.
Anthony Morris - The Vine
The Fighter is a supremely well acted true life tale that packs a mighty wallop.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Chopin playing Chopsticks.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
... so one-sided, you almost forget Wahlberg is even part of the production when Bale is on screen.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
A typically underwhelming effort from David O. Russell...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The first half of 'The Fighter' outpoints the last, though neither part is KO'd.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Bale's performance is so good it almost collapses into mimicry, but his twisted and terrifyingly accurate ability to portray the quirks and simmering undertones of difficult characters ensures that his performances always transcend such claims.
Nick Deigman - Fan The Fire
[It is] impressive in the way it takes its time developing its characters before the boxing montages kick in.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
The emotional meat of The Fighter lies not in the traditional sports-movie narrative of the ascension of the underdog (although there is plenty of that), but rather in the turmoil of Micky's dysfunctional family
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk