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  • Summary: Two retired boxers who run a Los Angeles gym are caught off guard when a woman approaches them with her dream of stepping into the ring.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 39
  2. Negative: 2 out of 39
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    As good as "Unforgiven." Or, to put it another way, as good as any movie Eastwood has ever directed.
  3. Reveals the drama and degredation so powerfully that it ranks among the all-time heavyweights of sports movies.
  4. Achieves a mellowness and melancholy that recalls the jazzy dissonance of director (and here, composer) Eastwood's best work: "The Outlaw Josey Wales," "Bird," "Unforgiven" and "Mystic River."
  5. 90
    Baby may not be quite as compelling as Mystic River or Unforgiven, but there's something so stirring, and disquieting, too, in his quest that we cannot help but pay close attention to him. In the middle of his long career's third act, he's still searching for the secrets in things with striking resolve. You certainly can't ask more than that of any 75-year-old ex-gunslinger.
  6. 88
    It is a rich and challenging motion picture that both affirms life and emphasizes its fragility. Eastwood touches our hearts and energizes our minds without resorting to overt manipulation.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    20
    It's impressive, in the sense that a sucker-punch impresses itself on your skull.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 46 out of 311
  1. ofer
    Dec 30, 2006
    10
    No one does it better then Mr. Clint, his films reminds us why we love movies so much.
  2. Dec 11, 2010
    10
    Best movie of all time. Greatest Acting by the main 3 actors, best directing in years, amazing script, completely absorbing.
  3. Aug 2, 2013
    10
    Million dollar baby is a story about a female boxer who decides in her early 30's to star boxing.She goes to a gym to exercise and there sheMillion dollar baby is a story about a female boxer who decides in her early 30's to star boxing.She goes to a gym to exercise and there she finds a coach. Million times if you see that film a tear will come out from your eye. A depressive sport movie that it is really touching and it shows friendship and love. Million dollar baby also shows how difficult is for a person that loves you to decide whether you are going to live or die. Hillary Swank was amazing in that movie. I don't know how she did that. I actually thought that i was feeling what she was feeling. I don't understand the negative reviews and I don't want to spend any time telling my opinion for them and i simply understand that some people don't have a heart. That's all I have to say for that masterpiece. Expand
  4. Sep 10, 2014
    9
    There are few movies that can tug at me emotionally. But This one put me on the verge of tears. You fall in love with Swank and her character.There are few movies that can tug at me emotionally. But This one put me on the verge of tears. You fall in love with Swank and her character. The way she compliments the performances of Morgan Freeman and Clint Eastwood just creates a powerhouse of a movie. Well done. Boxing is a sport that tends to show up in movies a lot but that is only because it has so many metaphorical connotations and digs at our own willpower to be fighters in our own lives, which is personified in this film. It's a different angle considering the fighter is a female. It gives more room to broaden the audience and be a significant and entertaining stand point for both guys and girls. It confronts the conflict of families, what makes them and what breaks them. It brings reality to the cost of chasing a dream. Watch it. The end will make you want to strangle someone, or just cry, one of the two. Expand
  5. Jan 27, 2015
    8
    Yes, its ending will undoubtedly tear your soul out and shred it into a thousand pieces, but there's more than enough to admire in ClintYes, its ending will undoubtedly tear your soul out and shred it into a thousand pieces, but there's more than enough to admire in Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" a spectacularly directed, written, and acted drama that fits snuggly within the impressive pantheon of Best Picture Oscar winners. Expand
  6. ChristopherJ.
    Mar 17, 2007
    7
    I had very strong emotions when watching the injustice and irony in this film. It wasn't annoying, though. I liked it--I perceived it as I had very strong emotions when watching the injustice and irony in this film. It wasn't annoying, though. I liked it--I perceived it as sincere. Expand
  7. MarcPosner
    Jan 15, 2005
    0
    came out of this movie furious -- and I'm a Clint Eastwood fan........

    This movie is just an overbearing piece of propaganda for
    came out of this movie furious -- and I'm a Clint Eastwood fan........

    This movie is just an overbearing piece of propaganda for sanctioning euthanasia -- or as it is commonly known -- MURDER.....

    Life ain't fair, as this movie graphically illustrates,,,,,but murdering the unfortunate among us just makes it worse....

    Yet another example of a film suggesting that "situational ethics" trump "absolute truths"

    The Hollywood loonies could do us all a favor by taking some of those "painkillers" that Eastwood gave to Swank at the end of this disgusting film...
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