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Warrior Review

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4.0

Dave White Profile

KTFO Read full review

3.0

Grae Drake Profile

Like a (good) punch in the gut. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    71

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    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Mostly, Warrior is a showcase for its up-and-coming stars. Edgerton, from last year's "Animal Kingdom," and Hardy, who stole scenes as the identity forger in "Inception."

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Warrior is a relentless, emotionally engaging family drama and underdog saga with touches of "Rocky" mixed with "The Fighter."

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    O'Connor gives the film a dark, moody look, which is the best choice for so many roiling emotions. This is not a traditional stand-up-and-cheer fight movie; the undercurrents are too strong and deep.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    It's a long movie that feels short: It grabs you in early scenes, intense though low-key before all hell breaks loose, then keeps you riveted to its mostly male characters.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Fantastic family drama features intense martial-arts fights.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a touching family drama wrapped in an intense "David vs. Goliath"-style fight. The movie deals with some weighty issues that most younger kids won't fully understand: the conflicted relationship between fathers and sons, the estrangement of brothers, alcoholism, and the willingness of a husband and father to do whatever it takes to help his family. The movie's many mixed martial arts sequences are fast and furious and feature a lot of beatdowns, but no one is killed -- just down for the count. There's some profanity ("s--t," "ass," "goddamned," etc.) and some marital intimacy (two bathroom conversations with the couple half-dressed, and a kiss or two), but otherwise it's really only the themes and violence that make this movie an iffy pick for younger viewers.

  • Families can talk about the film's violence. How does the mixed martial arts (MMA) style of fighting compare to straight boxing or professional wresting? Which is more violent?
  • How does the movie portray father-son relationships? Is the father a sympathetic character or a pathetic one? Do his sons come off as justified in their treatment of him?
  • Tommy and Brendan aren't typical movie brothers. How do they differ from other competitive brothers? Which brother is more likable -- the champion or the underdog?
  • Brendan is a beloved high-school science teacher. Is his relationship with his students believable? Would you root for a teacher in a similar situation?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie's overall message is that to be a family, you need unconditional love -- and that you have to forgive yourself for past wrongs. Additionally, there's a positive lesson about a healthy marriage and family dynamic versus the very dysfunctional family dynamic that the three main characters display.

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    Role models: Brendan is a scrappy underdog who works hard to achieve his success in the ring. He's also a wonderful husband and father who treats his wife like an equal and has mature debates with her when they disagree about issues. Although his brother is cruel to him, Brendan obviously loves Tommy unconditionally, despite their years of silence. Even Paddy -- a repentant alcoholic who truly wants to make amends -- can be considered a role model. Tommy, on the other hand, is mostly haunted and conflicted; the only person he's kind to is his best friend's widow.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The entire movie centers around mixed martial arts (MMA) fights; some are quick (an instant knock-out), while others are brutal and drawn out. Characters get seriously hurt (a few look like they're nearly unconscious during/after a fight), and in a couple of cases, fighters have bones broken. There's not much blood, and no one is killed, but the competitors sport a variety of bruises and are shown limping or dragging their wounded limbs. The fighting style involves arms and legs, so there's a lot of intense punching, kicking, headlocks, body slamming, and more. Commentators narrate the action and often talk about how so-and-so looks like he's "getting killed," "not moving," etc.

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    Sex: A husband and wife kiss, embrace, and have a couple of mature late-night conversations in the bathroom -- once while she's in her underwear and tank top, another while he's shirtless and in the tub. Women in bikinis are "ring girls."

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    Language: Language includes "s--t," "bulls--t," "ass," "hell," "idiot," one use of "f--k," "crap," "damn," "goddamned," "oh my God," etc. Insulting and hurtful words are exchanged by estranged relatives.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: No overt product placements, but the movie is bound to draw attention to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and the mixed martial arts (MMA) style of kickboxing. ESPN is briefly shown in a couple of scenes.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: An older man -- an alcoholic -- falls off the wagon and is shown drunk, disoriented, and nearly incoherent. There are empty bottles strewn around a hotel room to show just how much he's had to drink. A character is known to be a pill-popper and is made to relinquish his prescription bottles in a somewhat humorous manner.

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