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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. Apr 30, 2011
    10
    I know most of my reviews consist of 10/10, but that's because I think lots of movies are excellent. And so is this one. By all means, one ofI know most of my reviews consist of 10/10, but that's because I think lots of movies are excellent. And so is this one. By all means, one of the best films I have ever seen. Million Dollar Baby is more than just a film about boxing, it's about believing, never-giving-up, and the harsh reality of life. And truly, life. Is hard. The film has so many memorable moments. The acting, the directing, the story is all spectacular. Ive never seen a film like this. Million Dollar Baby is about a boxing trainer and manager, Frankie (Eastwood). A woman, Margaret Fitzgerald (Swank), wants him to train her. Frankie claims he can't train her, but as she grows in potential and determination, he starts to. The story follows Maggie and Frankie as they try to fulfill their dreams, and show the world that they believe. Unlike no other film I have ever seen, the acting in th
    Is film is just riveting. Clint Eastwood deserved an Academy win, not a nomination. His acting was just moving and amazing throughout. He wasn't a lovable character, but Clint showed his character had a heart and was memorable all the same. Hillary Swank was outstanding, deserving her Oscar. Morgan Freeman is always a man to love. His comedic, nonchalant acting in this was stupendous. No wonder people always say he should get an Oscar for every film he does. The directing from Clint Eastwood was great, too. He always knows how to make a movie the right way. He should be directing all the intelligent and moving films out there, and then Hollywood would be even better than it is now. In the end, the movie is all about believing, which is risking it all for a dream that nobody sees...but you.
    10/10
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  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. Nov 15, 2012
    9
    Swank, annoying as she is, uses everything we hate about her to plow into the the role. There'll be talks about the great performance sheSwank, annoying as she is, uses everything we hate about her to plow into the the role. There'll be talks about the great performance she delivered. It wasn't great. The role just suited her. Eastwood and Freeman, on the other hand, are phenomenal. 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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