Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.
out of 100
Metascore®Universal acclaimbased on a weighted average of allcritic review scores.
A masterpiece, pure and simple, deep and true...The best film of the year.
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As good as "Unforgiven." Or, to put it another way, as good as any movie Eastwood has ever directed.
Under Eastwood's painstakingly stripped-down direction -- his filmmaking has become the cinematic equivalent of Hemingway's spare though precise prose -- the story emerges as that rarest of birds, an uplifting tragedy.
It is thoughtful, unfashionable, measured, mostly honest, sometimes clumsy or remote, often exciting, occasionally moving and eventually surprising. It's correct.
A movie of tough excitement and surprise, even grace.
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Iffy for 14+
Violent Oscar winner is inspiring but too intense for kids.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the movie features brutally realistic fight scenes with graphic injuries. A character becomes paralyzed and asks to be allowed to die. Characters drink and smoke and use some strong language, including the "N" word. There are some mild sexual references and some ugly insults. Some viewers may be unhappy with the portrayal of a priest who uses bad language.
Messages: On the plus side, there's a strong inter-racial friendship between Frankie and Eddie, and a sweet, father-daughter-like bond between Frankie and Maggie. Viewers will be divided on whether Frankie makes the right decision for Maggie in the end, but his dedication to her after she's injured is admirable.
Violence: Brutal boxing matches with graphic and very serious injuries.
Sex: Scantily-clad ring rings and reference to breasts.
Language: Some strong language including the n-word and f-word.
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink and smoke.
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