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Academy Award® Nominees Mark Wahlberg*(The Departed), Christian Bale** (The Dark Knight) and Amy Adams***(Doubt) star in this “remarkable†” film. Based on a true story, two brothers, against all the odds, come together to train for a historic title bout that has the power to reunite their fractured family and give their hard-luck town what it's been waiting for: pride. Micky Ward (Wahlberg) is a struggling boxer long overshadowed by his older brother and trainer, Dicky (Bale), a local legend battling his own demons. Their explosive relationship threatens to take them both down - but the bond of blood may be their only chance for redemption. †Joe Morgenstern, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL


Studio Paramount
SKU 219977040
UPC 097363459446
UPC 14 00097363459446
Format DVD
Release Date 9/4/2012
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ReviewSource Entertainment Weekly
Review ...what makes the movie such a satisfying, emotionally rounded tale of pugilistic passion and family psychodrama is that the answer isn't as simple as it looks. Wahlberg, doing his soft-spoken/explosive sensitive-bruiser thing, is perfect as the young man who must consider dropping his dysfunctional clan to triumph in the ring. And Bale, cadaverous and google-eyed, with a jack-o'-lantern grin and an energy so manic it borders on the obscene, finally takes the compulsion toward Method eccentricity that's been driving him for close to a decade and makes it pay off. His Dicky is that rare thing: a wing nut with soul and a touch of tragedy, too. Melissa Leo, in a glue-spray bouffant, is vital as the kind of boxing-world stage mother who could kill a kid with love, and Amy Adams, as the bartender who becomes Micky's girlfriend, has a spot-on tough-chick allure. 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.
Reviewer Owen Gleiberman
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Variety
Review The best boxing movies aren't about the sport, but what happens outside the ropes. If "The Fighter" doesn't quite measure up to the greats, it's because director David O. Russell seems confused about what to do between bouts. Strangely, that unfocused quality -- vs. any breakthrough narrative angle -- gives the film its punch, injecting Russell's affectionately patronizing portrait of blue-collar pugs "Irish" Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and half-brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) with chaotic energy.
Reviewer Peter Debruge
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), No Longer Produced
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Adam Smith, Empire An exhilarating fight-flick that, like its scrappy central character, is impossible not to root for.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle ...entertaining from beginning to end...
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly thoughtful as it is rousing...
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...a warrior's movie that rises to the bell.
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