“The 2011 Rocky.”
“A Story Which Has Fantastic Build Up To A PAC-MAN Sound Effect Ending...”
“Warrior Is A Solid Movie, Full Of Heart And Soul. You Will Be Cheering For Both Of The Brothers, Even Though You Know In MMA There Can Only Be One Winner.”
“Warrior Is The Biggest Disappointment Of The Year That Knows How To Beg For Tears And Receive Accolades For It.”
“Brothers To The End”
“More Intense, Powerful, And Emotional Than 'The Fighter'!”
“Warrior Is A Powerful Film That Touches Hearts With Its Powerful Acting. It Will No Doubt Be Nominated For Best Picture”
“Tom Hardy Has More Acting Ability Than Pitt, Damon And Clooney Put Together”
“Warrior's Concept May Be Cliche, But Its Execution, Particularly In Its Performances, Are What Make It Great.”
“Warrior Is An Epic, Beautiful Film, A Must See!”
“Best Of The Year!”
“Warrior Is A Nail-bitter With An Incredible Story Of Two Underdogs. Therefore, It Is Twice The Film Rocky Ever Was!”
“Touches On Levels That Are Deeper Than The Fighter.”
Warrior is an epic, beautiful film, a must see!
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
It's about broken families coming together. It's about economic desperation and about America getting off the ropes and recovering its fighting spirit.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
It is appropriately blunt, powerful and relentless, a study of male bodies in sweaty motion and masculine emotions in teary turmoil.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Has to conform to the lunkhead straitjacket of the tournament format: one dufus pounding another in extreme close-up for what seems like an eternity.
Andrew Pulver - Guardian [UK]
Yes, the coincidences are fast and furious, but both Edgerton and Hardy give powerful performances as damaged men.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
While "Warrior" does offer enough jaw-snapping action to sate any 'roid-ragers in the audience, it works on deeper levels as well.
John DeFore - Washington Post
All the director and co-writer Gavin O'Connor does is apply old boxing-film tricks to what is, for the movies, a new sport. Then he doubles them.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Old line-gargler Nolte remains an effortlessly moving presence, while Hardy and Edgerton embody their archetypes and handle the physical demands.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
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.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
A double-barreled Rocky for the mixed martial arts generations, the practically epic fight film Warrior is one of the most exhilarating surprises of this summer movie season.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
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.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
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.
Bruce Diones - New Yorker
This is a rare fight movie in which we don't want to see either fighter lose.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Every time you start resisting, somehow the film makes the sale, again.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
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.
Andrea Gronvall - Chicago Reader
The two leads, Edgerton and Hardy, pull off their respective roles - rising above the cliches and the melodrama - with ferocity and focus.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The set-up sounds gallingly crude and derivative, yet "Warrior" turns it into a one-two punch of gripping action and powerful drama.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
Hardy is as good an actor as there is working today; his intensity here is amazing. Nolte hasn't been this good in a long time. And Edgerton holds his own with both.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Skillfully made and adrenalin-fueled, Warrior is nothing like what I expected. It overcomes inescapable boxing and martial arts cliches and leaves you thoroughly sated, energized and wanting more.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Robert Koehler - Variety
An improbably effective and affecting mix of raw emotions and exciting smackdowns.
Joe Leydon - Variety
A cheap exploitation picture wrapped in miles and miles of stale would-be Oscar scenes...
Kyle Smith - New York Post
"Warrior" is a straight genre picture, a fight movie of the old school. But it's a mixed martial arts tale, and as such, it's the best MMA movie ever.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Lovers of the sport and macho men in general be warned: Warrior is so beautifully constructed and emotionally engaging, the tears are almost certain to fall. Bring a hankie and/or a very discreet companion.
Bruce Demara - Toronto Star
The beats are familiar, the stakes are high, the fights are brutal, and the rewards are just.
William Goss - Film.com
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.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
O'Connor chucks away everything that was interesting or dark or subtle in "Warrior" and replaces it with a pseudo-individualist, sub-Freudian, Tea Party-friendly fantasy.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Ultimately, this movie is more about the dark, bloody conflicts within the human heart than it is about what transpires in the cage.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The family drama resonates strongly with a resolution that, in retrospect, seems like the only way the brothers could have rediscovered blood ties. Meanwhile their fights are downright compelling.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Director Gavin O'Connor has turned the octagon of Ultimate Fighting into a cage of boiling family emotion.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
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.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
Director Gavin O'Connor comes out swinging in this flawed but fiercely moving family drama...Strong stuff.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The plot is Shakespeare meets Balboa.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Hits things so hard, both literally and metaphorically, that it's hard not to feel pummeled yourself by the time it's over.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
A straight genre picture, but the best MMA movie ever.
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Tom and Brendan are enough to offer a satisfying payoff - even if minor characters are left flailing in their wake.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
Warrior reveals itself to be more than just a brainless slugger - like the best boxing movies, it's able to utterly wrap you up in the moment and have you punching the air come its conclusion.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Warrior is one of the year's best films that has everything audiences are looking for in a sports movie experience. Visually exciting fight sequences are matched by an emotionally complex story with believable characters full of conviction.
Benjo Colautti - We Got This Covered
...an instant classic that manages to surpass even the original Rocky in terms of effectiveness...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Familiar fight movie tropes are followed, but the dramatic stakes that O'Connor lends the proceedings give them uncommon involvement and an even rarer sense of suspense.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Warrior is an unbelievably effective film, not just because it's emotionally rich, but because it doesn't treat the MMA sport like a joke.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Trumping even genre classic Rocky, Warrior packs a grand emotional wallop thanks to top-tier performances and the fact that you don't want either fighter to lose.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
One cannot genuinely fault Warrior for the cliched elements of its story, simply because reviving the cliche is the whole point.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
In Gavin O'Connor's hands ... the few-holds-barred matches are certainly the main event: subtle characterization and deep back-story are not wanted on this two-fisted voyage of the Conlon family.
S. James Wegg - JWR
Not far removed from its true-to-life counterpart 'The Fighter,' 'Warrior' is about two men who decide to enter a mixed martial arts competition for two very different reasons.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
A sports movie about a martial arts tournament and an intimate drama about letting go of hatred and opening the heart to the healing balm of forgiveness.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
A superb drama, and a remarkable sports film.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Its most rewarding moments being the well-choreographed brutal MMA fight scenes.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
This tale of two brothers competing in a mixed martial arts contest is gritty, laboured and totally devoid of suspense or surprise, despite the best efforts of actors Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.
Simon Weaving - Screenwize
Warrior makes a creditable attempt at expanding the scope of the MMA films - and whilst not always successful - the powerful performances should keep many people happy
Laurence Boyce - The Sabotage Times
Suddenly Thunderdome doesn't seem like such a pipe dream anymore.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Formulaic yes, but the best iteration of this formula in a very long time.
Tom Clift - Cut Print Review
Tom Clift - Moviedex
Dotted with emotional honesty and strong storytelling that you only find in truly special movies.
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
Its three leads certainly deserve consideration for their artfulness in being able to infuse it with intimations of quality.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
Warrior is a superbly acted and emotional film about manhood, family and never submitting to life's beat downs.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Grainy, hand-held cinematography can't lend authenticity to the forced emotion.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
The film's great achievement is not in the way it manages to drop us suitably wimpy audience members right into a good ol' fashioned no-holds-barred fight, but that it can be ... touching, heartbreaking and emotionally satisfying at the same time.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
A towering, punchy film in which redemption is the key theme ...a career-making role for Edgerton
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
As fight films go, Warrior is as gutsy as they get, with not just a big cash prize at stake but a whole family
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
A welcome throwback to big studio movies with heart, mind, and blood running through their veins.
Rob Humanick - Suite101.com
There have been a lot of movies about fighting, but few have been more personal and emotional than this one about a whole family of fighters divided by a bitter past of desertion, alcoholism, regret and death.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Relies on the graininess of the indie/gritty shaky-camera style rather than on the integrity of the narrative to convince viewers the film is more artful than cornball.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Few attempts are made to explain the technicalities and nothing is left to the imagination in terms of the brute strength required at this level.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
easily one of the best sports dramas in recent years
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
A melange of Rocky, On the Waterfront, The Wrestler and The Fighter.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Even though Christ transforms hearts, believers aren't promised new lives devoid of suffering. Such an accurate depiction of faith is rare in Hollywood and even many faith-based productions.
David Roark - Christianity Today
Carries you along despite its obvious faults and pretensions
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Not a knockout, but worth a few rounds nonetheless.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Take the underdog fantasy of Rocky and multiply it by two, add an even more dysfunctional family than the one in The Fighter, throw in Mixed Martial Arts and you have the formula for rousing fight drama Warrior.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Just enough unexpectedly terrific moments of big-ticket emotion and quiet introspection to make a cliche-barraged first hour and eye-rolling plot turns feel more disappointing. Still, it boasts vivid fight choreography and a trio of top performances.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
As compelling and savage as the fight scenes are, it's the brutal personal dynamics that keep us interested.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Sweaty yet sentimental slug-fest, delivering a knockout punch
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Hardy's physicality here is something to behold: you wonder how many personal trainers he worked his way through to get those neck muscles.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Warrior will help cement Hardy's status as one of our most charismatic and muscular stars after the likes of Bronson and Inception, not forgetting his riveting turn as Ricky Tarr in Tinker, Tailor, while Edgerton makes an implausible character believeable
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Emotionally engaging drama that transcends its ridiculously cliched script thanks to strong direction, impressive fight sequences and a trio of terrific performances from Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Sickly sentimental, but the barnstorming fight scenes will leave you counting stars.
Adam Woodward - Little White Lies
What takes place outside the ring (or cage, in this case) is at the heart of this knockout of a movie, not the flying fists, jabbing kicks and bone-breaking body slams of its well-staged fight scenes.
Neil Pond - American Profile
A blistering and well-observed emotional drama that does a terrific job of being much, much more than just a fistfight.
Francesca Steele - Sky Movies
This doesn't pack a punch like 'The Fighter' - but it's still a must for grapple fans.
Anna Smith - Time Out
The point here is not the triumph of some hypothetical good guy; the point is the beating out of brains
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
The chip on Tommy's (Tom Hardy) shoulder is so large it's metastasized into fleshy musculature in this overly familiar but effective fight picture.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
Somehow, among the cliches and familiar story lines, the actors rise above the muck and make a movie that's entertaining to watch.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
a hodge-podge of inspirational sports movie cliches mashed with pseudo-intellectual bullpucky trying to rise above its stand as a blatant advertisement for mixed martial arts
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
They call them "male weepies" for a reason and yes, dude, I cried.
Dave White - Movies.com
Warrior ends up feeling a lot bigger than you expect it to.
Bob Mondello - NPR
Only one thing actually needs to work, and it does... the important part is that when it gently treads on your heartstrings after all the pieces are in place, you get sniffly.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
A tougher, meaner animal than close cousin The Fighter, with Hardy, Edgerton and Nolte at their pugnacious, heart-wrenching best.
Matt Mueller - Total Film
Nolte, his face weathered from life (has it really been 35 years since he played young Tom Jordache on "Rich Man, Poor Man?") would easily make my short list when Oscar nominations come around.
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
The best movie I have seen this year. Hardy, Edgerton and especially Nolte are outstanding!
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
If another writer, someone that does not telegraph the entire story, was brought in to help the multiple hat-wearing O'Connor, there could have been some surprises in store for the viewer.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
'Warrior' makes you cheer, sweat, laugh and in a completely shocking twist, cry just a little bit.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
If you pass on seeing Warrior simply because you don't like MMA, you're denying yourself the chance to see a solid, well-made, emotionally gripping movie.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
...slow, predictable, woodenly acted, and utterly preposterous.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
I had problems with The Fighter, but on balance, I have more with Warrior, which does a nice job of mostly subverting the inevitable genre cliches but has trouble coming up with anything new to fill the void.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Tom Hardy's riveting performance as a Tommy Conlon in Warrior plays like a teaser of things to come when he takes on the role of Bane in the next Batman movie.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
For some viewers [it] will be a knockout, a movie that comes on strong, like Tommy … For me, it came on more like Brendan … in the end wrangling me to the ground.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
a ludicrous mashup of the dysfunctional family of "The Fighter" and the entire Rocky series.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Even Susan Lucci is rolling her eyes at these soap opera twists and turns, but Warrior is pretty good.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Three great actors and a smart script -- combined with the rah-rah sports movie we all know and love.
Scott Weinberg - Twitch
A film that's a powerhouse for all the old-school reasons: a tremendous cast, identifiable characters you care about and a story that both excites and moves.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
It's a movie with as much heart as violence, somewhat cliched and calculated but still an exhilarating screen experience. You wouldn't believe how good this movie is, and I wouldn't blame you.
Steve Persall - St. Petersburg Times
There are extraordinary degrees of emotion and intelligence to be found in every word spoken by Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Fantastic family drama features intense martial-arts fights.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
'Warrior' is a contrived, if also entertaining, Irish-American Gothic fable pumped with steroids and schmaltz about brothers facing one another for a $5 million cash prize in an MMA championship cage.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
"Warrior" could have used a bit more guts. But it's still a knockout.
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
O'Connor doesn't just provide rah-rah fighting -- he makes it mean something. It's a pretty sneaky trick, giving us a testosterone-driven fight movie that also makes us cry.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The MMA bouts in "Warrior" are undeniably thrilling, but it's the cages that Paddy and his sons have built for themselves that contain the most drama.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Subtle it ain't.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
Right up until a poorly chosen ending, I was caught up in every twist and turn.
Matt Singer - IFC.com
Soap opera plot aside, ultimate fighting fans will eat this one up. As for the rest of us, it depends.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
... for all of its supposed realism and reflection of hard times in America, the movie plays out as complete fairy-tale nonsense. It isn't a working-class success story -- it's a working-class fantasy world.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Warrior is a must-see, even for those who dislike sports movies.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
I cried three times! While a bit manipulative, I found myself emotionally invested in every character to the point where I could almost feel the punches!
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
Exceedingly far-fetched but undeniably rousing.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
The very well-written script...successfully squeezes new life out of many fight-movie, sibling-rivalry and Irish-Catholic cliches. Edgerton's and Hardy's performances are excellent, as is Nolte's. Exciting, visceral filmmaking at its best.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
The word "gravitas" gets tossed around a lot, but Warrior has it in spades.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Though it's essentially an astronomically silly formula sports movie stuffed with bone-crunching action, 'Warrior' plays so skillfully as family melodrama that it should connect even with viewers who would never think of watching an MMA match.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
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.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Warrior might be a fairly conventional fight movie in many respects, but it's a damned fine one that more than holds its own against the challengers in its weight class.
Rob Beames - What Culture
O'Connor films the fight scenes, and the fight training scenes leading up to them, with the requisite oomph.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
enough ancillary surprises, and clever spins on classic tropes, to add a piquant sense of discovery, as well as some genuinely gripping suspense
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
O'Connor treats the brothers' stories like two separate movies, but both are cliched, and we don't learn enough about the rules of mixed martial arts to be drawn into the many, many bouts we see.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
It all goes down quite easily in a highly entertaining, crowd pleasing sort of way. (Parental Movie Review also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Story, character, development and outcome are hackneyed, done elsewhere, sometimes worse, often better, but you can't keep a good story down for the count.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
It's just a shame that, when the punching and kicking really gets started during the film's final third, the 140-minute tale goes flabby due to an uncomfortable mix of sincere populist enthusiasm and artistic ambition.
Bob Westal - Bullz-Eye.com
Yes, this is a mixed martial arts movie. It's also one of the most heart-wrenching and deeply felt films of the year.
Jen Yamato - Movieline
moving in a blatant sort of way
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Warrior resists many opportunities to seal an easy resolution, and for this you remain with it until the final punch.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
A surprisingly affecting story.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
A skillfully made film complete with strong performances and a surprisingly gripping emotional core and it is those elements that help keep it humming along even when it threatens to collapse under the weight of its occasionally hokey plotting.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
The scariest man in movies right now might be Tom Hardy. He somehow makes his sinews seethe.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Warrior is a man-weepie of the highest Hollywood order, a would-be Rocky for an empire in decline.
Alison Willmore - AV Club
This heartfelt fight drama is Rocky for the UFC crowd. ... Warrior works fine as a popcorn fight flick, but it really excels as a character drama about a broken family seeking to repair itself.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
A likely candidate for induction into the pantheon of great boxing movies.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
It's great that a Hollywood movie finally takes mixed martial arts seriously as a sport, but unfortunate that it had to be this one.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
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.
Soren Anderson - Seattle Times
These are characters painted in such broad strokes that, while the sense of their journey is there, the feeling behind it winds up lacking.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
"Warrior" is like the rousing "Rocky" sequel that Stallone never thought of.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
One of the most emotionally involving sports movies ever ... surely as moving a film as possible to make about people beating the stuffing out of each other.
Matt Pais - RedEye
"Soul of a lion." I jotted that down. For with "Warrior," it seems to apply.
Sean O'Connell - Reelrave
The picture develops a serious limp. O'Connor seems terrified to play any of this with subtlety, despite the movie's finest moments played quietly.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Against all odds, Warrior sucks you in and leaves you thrumming with excitement.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
All in all, though, Warrior wins on points, even with a resolution that didn't work for me.
Alonso Duralde - The Wrap
Works like gangbusters -- tears will be stifled by the end of the sibling vs. sibling finale -- and most of the credit should go to Hardy, Nolte and Edgerton.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out New York
An adrenaline-soaked Saturday matinee type of movie.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
The coincidences and melodrama are piled on as thick as Tom Hardy's neck muscles, but, thankfully, the movie, and even Hardy himself, shoulders it.
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
The film takes off into the stratosphere, perfectly balancing concise editing, strategic momentum and masterfully performed fight dances while never letting the audience forget why this is happening and where we are in the competition.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
Alas, although the acting's uniformly strong, and the film has kitchen-sink grit to spare, it errs more on the side of 1995's Rocky IV than John Avildsen's '76 original...
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
Drawn-out and threadbare, its occasional moments of authentic family drama failing to carry the weight of the 140-minute running time.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Like Rocky squared: an underdog story with two underdogs..a blast of excitement and roaring physicality. You don't have to be a fan of the sport to get a charge out of it.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Hardy, Edgerton and Nolte vigorously dig into this toxic dump of sour, hostile emotions and their exchanges are bruising.
James Sanford - Lansing City Pulse
A top-notch entry in its respective genre and an all-around fine character drama.
Scott Mendelson - Dark Horizons
With great intensity, Warrior is a pleasant surprise, capturing the heart and spirit of a champion.
Mark Sells - The Reel Deal
Perry's fight choreography is exceptional -- you don't have to be a fan to follow the action or get thoroughly caught up in each match.
Maitland McDonagh - Film Journal International
The way it cobbles together the multiple storylines and relationships makes Warrior a more emotionally satisfying film than The Fighter. Lionsgate may want to get the train going on an Oscar campaign for Nolte.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Even if Warrior could have or should have shaped up into something bigger, it's impossible not to recommend.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
There have been so many fight movies to come out of Hollywood that you wouldn't think there was room for another, but turns out there is.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
The final third of the film, which covers the Sparta tournament in great detail, is a breathless triumph; a genuinely adrenaline pumping crescendo.
Martin Roberts - Fan The Fire
An immature, contrived, sap-infested drama of feuding family members, feel-good histrionics and mixed martial arts.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
With Miracle and now Warrior, Gavin O'Conner can lay claim to being the finest sports-drama director working today.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Edgerton and Hardy both deliver performances worthy of such immediate and unfettered adoration [as their characters].
Stephen Saito - Premiere Magazine
O'Connor builds 'Warrior' from tropes and cliches and constantly subverts them in assembly. It's fascinating.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
WARRIOR made me want to get on my feet and cheer. Move over BRIAN'S SONG- this is going to become a "guy cry" classic.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
It hardly rewrites the rulebook, but Warrior is a powerful, moving and brilliant sports-pic-cum-family drama. Like The Fighter, but with kicking.
Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine
Boys working out their issues with their fists and feet isn't a particularly original metaphor, but Warrior makes some unexpected choices that allow the film to punch above its weight.
Kate Erbland - Boxoffice Magazine
[VIDEO] Magnificent. The 21st century version of "Rocky" and "Raging Bull" rolled into one, "Warrior" is as solid as Tom Hardy's steely ab muscles.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Warrior sets its sights on something much deeper than fighting.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
Gavin O'Connor's attempted something I can't honestly remember seeing before in a sports film, and he's pulled it off in spectacular fashion, creating one of the year's most rousing pieces of emotional entertainment as a result.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
It's a great fight movie, even if you, like me, could not care less about Mixed Martial Arts. But it also plumbs the emotional depth in a way that The Fighter really focused on doing, but never quite did.
David Poland - Movie City News
Warrior is emotionally intense and decently acted, but it's too familiar as family melodrama and too manipulative as populist and inspirational sports picture.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
O'Connor has established Hardy as a star and successor to a young, intense Marlon Brando. Hardy gives so much emotion and commitment to every character he plays, that he is a dazzling revelation.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
As so many films get lost in the Friday shuffle of new releases, it seems easier for a quality, smaller film to miss its audience. Don't lose Warrior. It's one of the best films of 2011.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
A sports film whose promise of a more nuanced take on familiar genre tropes ends up battered and bruised.
Tim Grierson - Screen International