Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40
  1. 100
    At last, his (Howard's) first great (and filling) movie--inspirational, yes, but far from hokey; moving, absolutely, but never saccharine; and gripping, despite its being a fixed fight.
  2. Cinderella Man is not a movie about boxing, but about this boxer who personified the heart and hope of 1935.
  3. In sum, the classical Ron Howard and his splendid cast have made a spellbinding movie that joins "Million Dollar Baby," as well as "Raging Bull," the first two "Rocky" pictures, and "Fat City" as one of boxing cinema's all-time heavyweight champs.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    A premier boxing movie and a forceful Depression remembrance for the socially conscious, Cinderella Man also ices it for stargazers that Russell Crowe is the dominant screen actor working today.
  5. An unflinching and historically rich rendering of an amazing story. He has made what is easily the best American film so far this year.
  6. Ron Howard and Russell Crowe bring the Braddock story to vivid life in a superbly acted, beautifully shot, highly engaging drama that ranks as one of Howard's best efforts.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    An exquisite ode to a working-class hero, Cinderella Man takes the almost impossibly perfect elements of the saga of underdog boxer James J. Braddock and fills it with emotional gravitas, wrenching danger and a panoramic sense of American life during the Great Depression.
  8. It's an eye-filling, sumptuously detailed historical epic that grandly re-creates the bloody gladiatorial spectacles and smoke-filled, spit-flying, claustrophobically crowded arenas of its bygone era.
  9. 88
    It's the classic American tale of the family man triumphant, and Howard makes sure that it hits you right in the heart.
  10. 88
    Smashing, supremely engrossing picture.
  11. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    A broad, foursquare piece of populist filmmaking that happens to be tremendously moving.
  12. 88
    Jim Braddock is almost transparent in the simple goodness of his character; that must have made him almost impossible to play. Russell Crowe makes him fascinating, and it takes a moment of two of thought to appreciate how difficult that must have been.
  13. How exceptional a film actor is Russell Crowe? So exceptional that in Cinderella Man, he makes a good boxing movie feel at times like a great, big picture.
  14. 83
    It's a crowd-pleasing, artful and convincing movie that just misses being great but nevertheless gratifies.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 266 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 131
  1. Nov 28, 2012
    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
    Excellent movie! Russell Crowe is the best.
  3. Oct 8, 2014
    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 »