8- The Fighter [6.5]

A look at the early years of boxer Micky Ward and his brother, who helped train him before going pro in the mid ’80s.

The Fighter presents an interesting conundrum: are memorable performances enough to make a cliche-ridden film worthy of praise? It gets more difficult when considering that The Fighter is based on a true story. Christian Bale as Dicky Ecklund is worth the price of admission alone. Mark Walhberg was robbed of an Oscar nomination with his subdued performance as Micky Ward. Top to bottom, The Fighter is a terrific exercise in acting; however, this is just another boxing redemption film. Nothing more, nothing less.

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