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The Fighter

drama


Mark Wahlberg stars in Paramount Pictures' inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born lightweight title winner "Irish" Micky Ward.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    91%
  • Audience Score
    89%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5

Boxing biopic mixes inspiring story, mature content.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this biopic about boxer Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg) grapples with some very tough themes -- including weighing the importance of family versus the importance of a career and exerting your own true self. While the characters and messages are ultimately positive, the movie is filled with boxing violence, some of it bloody, and strong language, including "f--k" and "s--t." There's no nudity, but characters are shown flirting, kissing, and sleeping together. And in addition to plenty of drinking and smoking, one major character is portrayed as a crack addict. Taken altogether, the movie is too rough for younger teens but inspirational for older, more mature viewers.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the film's violence. How did the boxing scenes affect you? How does this kind of violence compare to what you see in big-budget action movies? Which has greater impact?
  • Did Mickey make the right choice by leaving his family behind to further his career? Should he have had to make that choice at all?
  • Was Dicky Eklund an inspirational character? Do you believe he actually knocked Sugar Ray down? Why would he live a life of drugs after such glory?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    91%
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  • Audience

    89%

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A dramatic story drenched in pure humanity and a fighting struggle for balance. The Fighter is that rare boxing-drama film that executes especially with its one-two knockout punch in the main stars (Mark Wahlberg & Christian Bale). 4/5

- fb1442511448, Tuesday, August 28, 2012

4 stars

A dramatic story drenched in pure humanity and a fighting struggle for balance. The Fighter is that rare boxing-drama film that executes especially with its one-two knockout punch in the main stars (Mark Wahlberg & Christian Bale). 4/5

- fb1442511448, Tuesday, August 28, 2012

4 stars

Talk about films that really create a mood, this one does just that. Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg star in this true story of an injured, crack addict ex-boxer who wants and needs to live vicariously through his younger brother by getting him to fight professionally. And he turns out to be good at it which in ways must bother Dickie(Bale) as much as he is proud to still be involved with that world. I found the fights to be more realistic in this as opposed to what we're used to seeing in films because there is certainly nothing sophisticated about two individuals beating the hell out of each other. Sure there is technique involved, but that's what's going on when it all comes down to it. Bale's performance is top notch; and he has come to my attention as one of the better under 40 actors working in the business at this time.

- yona71, Sunday, August 19, 2012