Cinderella Man

Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40
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  1. Ron Howard, an exemplar of honorable mediocrity, reunites with actor Russell Crowe and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman of "A Beautiful Mind" for this epic treatment of a seven-year stretch (1928-'35) in the career of New Jersey boxer James J. Braddock.
  2. 50
    The movie is calamitously miscast.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    Viewers who remember Max Baer may, however, take issue with the way the film treats this charismatic fighter. In 1933, Baer became an important symbol of Jewish strength when he faced off against Hitler's favored fighter, Max Schmeling, and while reducing Baer to a bloodthirsty villain makes it easier to root for Braddock, it's an unfair bit of character assassination.
  4. Without Crowe and Paul Giamatti, this movie would have little in its corner.
  5. Ultimately, it's Paul Giamatti ("Sideways"), playing Braddock's manager Joe Gould, who shines. In another actor's hands, Gould would be a secondary character lost in Crowe's shadow, but Giamatti outshines his co-stars at times with his everyman looks and delivery.
  6. He's a saint in the flesh, but not one who inspires great drama.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 311 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 131
  1. Nov 28, 2012
    10
    Gripping, rousing, and redolent of a much harder time, "Cinderella Man" is a purely endearing masterpiece of a sports drama.
  2. CookieZ.
    Sep 16, 2006
    10
    Excellent movie! Russell Crowe is the best.
  3. Oct 8, 2014
    10
    This movie is very moving! It is my all time favorite boxing movie. I relate to the characters so much. I honestly cry a couple times whileThis movie is very moving! It is my all time favorite boxing movie. I relate to the characters so much. I honestly cry a couple times while watching this movie EVERY TiME!!!!! I highly recommend! Full Review »