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Cinderella Man Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

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    USA Today Mike Clark

    A premier boxing movie and a forceful Depression remembrance for the socially conscious, Cinderella Man also ices it for stargazers that Russell Crowe is the dominant screen actor working today.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Ron Howard and Russell Crowe bring the Braddock story to vivid life in a superbly acted, beautifully shot, highly engaging drama that ranks as one of Howard's best efforts.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Ron Howard's Depression-era movie also works from the inside out, building a classic underdog drama from depth of character, rich texture, vivid detail and stirring performances.

  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    How exceptional a film actor is Russell Crowe? So exceptional that in Cinderella Man, he makes a good boxing movie feel at times like a great, big picture.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Gritty boxing saga not for the faint of heart.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the boxing scenes are intense, featuring slam-cuts, close-ups, brutal sound effects, and images of bloody, beaten flesh. The boxer and his family (including three young, adoring children) suffer poverty, cold winters with no heat, and hunger. Characters smoke, drink, use some language ("Go to hell"), and argue, sometimes vehemently. One character dies from a beating during a scuffle with police. The boxer and his wife kiss earnestly. The film's focus, however, is on its inspiring "message," namely, the underdog fighter -- too old, too small, and too out of practice -- returns to the ring, triumphant as if by sheer will and determination.

  • Families can talk about the Great Depression, when many families were unexpectedly poor and afraid. Families might also consider the particular dedication and strength shown by the resilient Braddocks, who resolved to stay together in the face of many setbacks.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Some characters pick fights to assert manly reputations.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Boxing scenes are intense and effectively constructed.

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    Sex: Husband and wife kiss earnestly.

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    Language: Mild.

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    Consumerism: Boxer sells "" to media, through interviews.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink beer, smoke cigarettes and cigars.