User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 280 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 280
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  1. ClintH.
    Jun 10, 2005
    4
    Dissapointing, cliiched, predictable.
  2. T.M.
    Jun 20, 2005
    6
    I give this film a 6 for the acting of Crowe and Giamatti, the cinematography, the costumes, and the art direction. Otherwise, it was a disappointment. Crowe needs to break off with his buddy Ron Howard and find a director who makes more realistic, nuanced films. This film was a manipulative, cornball cliche-fest from beginning to end. Especially ludicrous was its portrayal of Braddock as I give this film a 6 for the acting of Crowe and Giamatti, the cinematography, the costumes, and the art direction. Otherwise, it was a disappointment. Crowe needs to break off with his buddy Ron Howard and find a director who makes more realistic, nuanced films. This film was a manipulative, cornball cliche-fest from beginning to end. Especially ludicrous was its portrayal of Braddock as a near-saint and Max Baer as a one-dimensional creep. I'm a huge Crowe fan, but ... sigh ... I'll try to forget this one and hope his next project will be more worthy of his talent. Expand
  3. RyanM.
    May 29, 2005
    4
    "Cinderella Man" manages to tell an interesting story uninterestingly. It's a boring, overlong, by-the numbers boxing movie with a great score, great photography, and one great performance by Paul Giamatti.
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Halter
    70
    Despite the tale's dusty pedigree, Ron Howard spins a ticket-worthy two-plus hours of movie-movie entertainment.
  2. 70
    Lacking a more specific sense of time and place, Cinderella Man leans heavily on the technically proficient Crowe to slip into Braddock's skin, but he can only do so much with a character who's ready to be mounted in bronze over Central Park.
  3. 88
    It's the classic American tale of the family man triumphant, and Howard makes sure that it hits you right in the heart.