Warrior (2011)

Haunted by a tragic past, ex-Marine Tommy Conlon (Hardy) returns home for the first time in fourteen years to enlist the help of his father (Nick Nolte) to train for SPARTA, the biggest winner-takes-all event in mixed martial arts history.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 20, 2011
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Warrior relies on many of the clichés that critics of the genre love to mock -- and it transcends them with gripping action, powerful acting, and heart.

Anna Smith
Time Out

This doesn't pack a punch like 'The Fighter' - but it's still a must for grapple fans.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

"Warrior" is basically an action flick for chicks. You would not believe the amount of melodrama.

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker

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.

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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine

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.

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

Warrior is an ode to valour-ruined men, in war, in peace, in the octagon.

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Bob Mondello

Warrior ends up feeling a lot bigger than you expect it to.

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William Goss

The beats are familiar, the stakes are high, the fights are brutal, and the rewards are just.

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Glenn Dunks

Director Gavin O'Connor tries sprucing up the material by swapping out boxing for mixed martial arts, but it's still the same old story told the same old way. At least Real Steel had robots.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A compelling drama that develops well the personalities and motivations of its two main characters - and although the plot is driven by several coincidences and… More
Al S
It`s a hard knockout with fist, feet and heart. A spectacular and heart-pounding action-packed drama. A masterpiece. Director, Gavin O`Connor crafts a… More
Jens S.
What starts out slow with plenty of family drama between the fights soon becomes one of the most engaging and exciting sports films of recent years. You get to… More
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03/03/2013 (Online)
Thomas Bowler
Sports movies are tired. Have been for a while. You can see each beat coming and it all feels like a colour by numbers experience. Most of the time. Then… More
Dean King
A great, engrossing film. Picked a good cast for it to, a real mix of Rocky & The Wrestler combined along with some awesome fights.