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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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Pause for kids 14 & under
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.
Families can talk about what makes someone want to be a fighter. What does it mean to say that "everything in boxing is backward" and "sometimes the best way to deliver a punch is to step back?" How does that relate to the way the characters behave? Why does Frankie argue with the priest about theology? Do you agree with the sign in the gym that says "Winners are simply willing to do what losers won't?" What is it that winners are willing to do? How is the number one rule -- "protect yourself" -- applied by Frankie? By Maggie? By Eddie? Why did Maggie turn out so differently from her brother and sister? Families may also want to talk about Maggie's request and Frankie's decision.
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 applicable
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink and smoke.
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