Million Dollar Baby

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    Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.

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    The only differences between this new film and its many forebears are that the young hopeful is a woman and the finish is unforeseen.

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    As an actor, Eastwood has rarely taken on a character as complex as Frankie Dunn.

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    It's impressive, in the sense that a sucker-punch impresses itself on your skull.

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    It is thoughtful, unfashionable, measured, mostly honest, sometimes clumsy or remote, often exciting, occasionally moving and eventually surprising. It's correct.

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    Barely a year after the release of Mystic River, Clint Eastwood delivers a second consecutive drama that fearlessly probes the shadows of human morality without falling back on easy answers.

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    Perhaps the director's most touching, most elegiac work yet, Million Dollar Baby is a film that does both the expected and the unexpected, that has the nerve and the will to be as pitiless as it is sentimental.

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    Like Eastwood, it's a relic that dazzles you with its footwork, daring and class.

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    Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby is a masterpiece, pure and simple, deep and true.

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    Quietly quite magnificent.

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    [A] solid boxing drama.

    4/5
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    A glorious knockout punch of a movie.

    4/4
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    No movie in my memory has depressed me more than Million Dollar Baby.

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    The result is the kind of movie they don't make anymore -- a real crowd-pleaser.

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    It's rare that we see a movie that gives its characters a spiritual dimension; and rarer still that the director isn't making a heavy-handed statement with it.

    4/4
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    One of the many pleasures of this beautifully composed, measured movie is how it reminds you of the power of pure storytelling -- an art that's too often overlooked in contemporary films in the rush for sensation and excitement.

    4/4
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    When you think you know its moves, it throws in fancy footwork. Then it sucker-punches you when you're not looking.

    4/4
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    It may be that only Spencer Tracy and Paul Newman (and can someone explain to me how Eastwood and Newman have avoided making a movie together?) aged as well and as interestingly onscreen.

    4/4
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    It's a weeper, a fighter, a dreamer of a film that treads on ground that's been fairly trampled over the years. It should stink. Instead, it's flat-out wonderful.

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    Eastwood takes another whack at the cliches on which his career was built. He's made a deliberately paced and surprisingly provocative movie about the toll of failure and the torments of responsibility.

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    Confident, powerful, a thing of deceptively effortless beauty, Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby shifts its weight in the late rounds -- having seduced us with a gritty underdog tale -- and delivers a body blow.

    4/4
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    It is Clint Eastwood's autumnal masterpiece.

    4/4
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    As Maggie, Swank is a package of dynamite, a determined soul with too much to prove and too little time to do it in, to worry about defeat. Eastwood is so good in this movie, it almost feels like cheating.

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    The new picture takes its time, gives its actors room to breathe, and isn't afraid to strike a hokey note if it reveals something important. Real life, after all, is full of hokiness.

    4/4
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    Million Dollar Baby is one for the books. It could have gone wrong in ways that would reduce it to a series of stereotypes. But it never does.

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    Saying this movie is about boxing is akin to saying Citizen Kane is about a sled.

    5/5
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    The picture uses the familiar boxing milieu -- the dingy gym, the late-night training sessions, the build-up to the Big Bout -- as background for a far more intimate and surprising love story between a surrogate father and a surrogate daughter.

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    It's a story about passion and dedication to a dream. It's a story about the need to believe in yourself and what you're doing. It's a story about lost opportunities and second chances.

    4/4
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    The performances of the three leads are perfect, so we don't care that we don't know what lies right outside the Hit Pit.

    4/4
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    It has the gloom and transcendence of an old man's wisdom.

    4/4
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    Solemn, inflated and dull.

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    An unsettling and unforgettable masterpiece of skid-row poetry that punctures the heart.

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    A deeply knowing study of families abandoned and found, battles won and lost, dreams realized and deferred.

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    As good as Unforgiven. Or, to put it another way, as good as any movie Eastwood has ever directed.

    4/4
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    A story well told about lessons well learned, and if Clint wants to keep making more like them, he should.

    4/5
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    Eastwood delivers a ferociously emotional tale that matches, and in some respects surpasses, the artistry of last year's Mystic River.

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    Eastwood scores a knockout as an actor and director with Million Dollar Baby, a spare, exquisitely realized masterpiece about faith, redemption and boxing that beautifully illustrates his longtime philosophy that 'less is more.'

    4/4
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    A movie that approaches the level of great boxing films, like Raging Bull, by using sport as a metaphor for human nature.

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    Like a title bout that goes through seven rounds of friendly push and poke before exploding into a knockout combination.

    3/4
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    The film works on every level -- acting, direction and production -- as it tells its heartfelt story about human frailty and the power of redemption.

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    It may be a classically staged tale of an underdog's triumph, but each scene is packed with authentic feeling.

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    [An] evocative and poetic boxing movie.

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    Remarkable.

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    Baby has the taut, grim, cold look of a noir out of time. It becomes a classic Eastwood movie and Frankie becomes a classic Eastwood role.

    4/4
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    Clint Eastwood's drama about a grizzled boxing trainer and a spunky young fighter is the best movie released by a major Hollywood studio this year.

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    Eastwood's point of view has been seasoned enough to locate poignancy and respect for his protagonists where you least expect -- saying it's an old man's movie is a serious compliment.

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    Eastwood deserves another Best Picture nomination. Here's a man who has finally put Dirty Harry to rest.

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    The knockout punch comes from Eastwood. His stripped-down performance -- as powerful as anything he's ever done -- has a rugged, haunting beauty.

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    Slow-burning drama of a determined female boxer and her hard-shelled trainer, a tale Eastwood invests with rewarding reserves of intimacy, tragedy, tenderness and bitter life knowledge.

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    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.

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    Deeply involving.

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