Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
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  1. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    Sep 3, 2011
    100
    It hardly rewrites the rulebook, but Warrior is a powerful, moving and brilliant sports-pic-cum-family drama. Like "The Fighter," but with kicking.
  2. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Sep 7, 2011
    91
    For all its titular bravado, Warrior never lets the audience forget the economic and spiritual desperation driving its two main characters, who bleed for the screaming arena crowd in exchange for their shots at redemption, and offer a rare glimpse of soul in a type of film that usually isn't obliged to provide one.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Sep 7, 2011
    91
    Warrior is a surprising gut punch, a modern-day "Rocky" saga with two mixed martial arts pugs trying to beat, choke and kick the system.
  4. Reviewed by: Jen Yamato
    Sep 8, 2011
    90
    One of the most heart-wrenching and deeply felt films of the year.
  5. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Sep 8, 2011
    90
    It is appropriately blunt, powerful and relentless, a study of male bodies in sweaty motion and masculine emotions in teary turmoil.
  6. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Aug 29, 2011
    90
    It's a long movie that feels short: It grabs you in early scenes, intense though low-key before all hell breaks loose, then keeps you riveted to its mostly male characters.
  7. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Sep 9, 2011
    88
    Starts out so promisingly that it's a huge disappointment when it ultimately becomes way too predictable - and unbelievable. It's as if "Raging Bull" suddenly morphed into "Rocky."
  8. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 3, 2011
    88
    O'Connor gives the film a dark, moody look, which is the best choice for so many roiling emotions. This is not a traditional stand-up-and-cheer fight movie; the undercurrents are too strong and deep.
  9. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    Sep 8, 2011
    80
    This high-powered sports melodrama benefits from its strong male leads, a sinewy narrative, and the maverick attitude of MMA. But for all the contemporary references, it's essentially a spin on the story of Cain and Abel, which may be the reason it feels timeless.
  10. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 7, 2011
    80
    It's a surprisingly moving film. While the fight scenes are unquestionably thrilling, the movie's best bits are not about winning and losing but about pain and, ultimately, forgiveness.
  11. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Sep 6, 2011
    80
    Old line-gargler Nolte remains an effortlessly moving presence, while Hardy and Edgerton embody their archetypes and handle the physical demands.
  12. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Aug 30, 2011
    80
    Though Warrior excels at the big stuff-fighting sequences and rousing crowds and victories that all but force audiences to stand up and cheer - the film is at its very best in the small moments, the little looks.
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Aug 29, 2011
    80
    An improbably effective and affecting mix of raw emotions and exciting smackdowns.
  14. 75
    Warrior is a weirdly affecting hybrid, a 100-proof melodrama that's two-thirds Sylvester Stallone and one-third Eugene O'Neill. Think Rocky's "Long Day's Journey into Night."
  15. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Sep 8, 2011
    75
    This is brutish, visceral stuff - a type of raw-meat violence that's undeniably cinematic but seems, to this worried parent, ill-fitted for PG-13.
  16. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sep 8, 2011
    75
    Warrior is a relentless, emotionally engaging family drama and underdog saga with touches of "Rocky" mixed with "The Fighter."
  17. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Sep 8, 2011
    75
    The catharsis Warrior offers in the end is hard won, and it will take a steely viewer not to find it gratifying, however over-the-top it may be.
  18. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Sep 8, 2011
    75
    Warrior aspires to myth. It's Cain and Abel battling it out in the face of a decidedly ungodly father before humanity goes down for the count. Strong stuff.
  19. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Sep 8, 2011
    75
    The two leads, Edgerton and Hardy, pull off their respective roles - rising above the cliches and the melodrama - with ferocity and focus.
  20. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Sep 8, 2011
    75
    The film is a brutally effective, insanely rousing piece of drama, with enough new wrinkles and ferocious acting to sweep you into its clutches.
  21. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Sep 7, 2011
    75
    This is a rare fight movie in which we don't want to see either fighter lose. That brings such complexity to the final showdown that hardly anything could top it - but something does, and Warrior earns it.
  22. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Sep 6, 2011
    75
    It overcomes inescapable boxing and martial arts clichés and leaves you thoroughly sated, energized and wanting more.
  23. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Sep 6, 2011
    75
    Warrior is a straight genre picture, a fight movie of the old school. But it's a mixed martial arts tale, and as such, it's the best MMA movie ever.
  24. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 4, 2011
    75
    O'Conner continues to exhibit a deft knack for melding interpersonal drama with athletic competition in ways that, despite his tales' clichés, earn their melodramatic manipulations through genuine empathy for characters' plights.
  25. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Sep 3, 2011
    75
    Mostly, Warrior is a showcase for its up-and-coming stars. Edgerton, from last year's "Animal Kingdom," and Hardy, who stole scenes as the identity forger in "Inception."
  26. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Sep 10, 2011
    67
    Warrior becomes increasingly shameless until, by the end, with the big fights fought, we are clearly meant to rise as one and applaud the indomitability of the human spirit. But the only indomitable thing about Warrior are its clichés.
  27. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Sep 8, 2011
    67
    Warrior resists many opportunities to seal an easy resolution, and for this you remain with it until the final punch.
  28. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Sep 8, 2011
    63
    This is bench-press melodrama, and it's as manipulative as anything Bette Davis or Jane Wyman ever starred in. You can't abide the shamelessness of any of it.
  29. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Sep 8, 2011
    63
    Every time you start resisting, somehow the film makes the sale, again.
  30. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 9, 2011
    60
    Has moments of power that push through a fake-out script.
  31. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Sep 8, 2011
    60
    It shows promise but finally hits things so hard, both literally and metaphorically, that it's hard not to feel pummeled yourself by the time it's over.
  32. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Sep 6, 2011
    60
    Yet it still works like gangbusters - tears will be stifled by the end of the sibling vs. sibling finale - and most of the credit should go to Hardy, Nolte and Edgerton.
  33. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Sep 10, 2011
    50
    Warrior's three principle characterizations are compelling - Nolte in particular gives a tempered performance as the shambling, sad-eyed wreck of a dad - but not enough to mask the film's lesser elements.
  34. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Sep 8, 2011
    40
    O'Connor chucks away everything that was interesting or dark or subtle in Warrior and replaces it with a pseudo-individualist, sub-Freudian, Tea Party-friendly fantasy.
  35. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sep 9, 2011
    38
    A cheap exploitation picture wrapped in miles and miles of stale would-be Oscar scenes.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 326 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 78
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 78
  3. Negative: 2 out of 78
  1. Sep 24, 2011
    10
    Best movie of the year hands down. Very unique in that it does not have a clear antagonist. You're rooting for all of them each with their ownBest movie of the year hands down. Very unique in that it does not have a clear antagonist. You're rooting for all of them each with their own promises to fulfill. Tom Hardy's Tommy is just outstanding, the level of intensity showcased is unbelievably scary. Joel Edgerton's Brendan who is trying to make ends meet as a school teacher moonlights as a fighter in parking lots after hours to provide for his family and Nick Nolte's heart-breaking performance as the willing-to-do-anything-to-make-it-right-again estranged father of his two distant sons. And that barely scratched the surface of their story, the depth of the characters is amazingly rich. The first half of the movie builds the foundation for the brothers, their present lives, their rough childhood and their own motivations to get back in the cage, it's as exciting and entertaining as the fighting scenes itself. There's about 4-5 climaxes in Warrior it's outstanding. Unlike a lot of sports/boxing movies we've seen you feel the high-octane scenes. You're really immersed in the fighting sequences, you feel every punch, every kick, every takedown and every headlock because you care about the characters, you know the journey of how they got where they are and you know all too well their hopes and promises to the people they care for. Full Review »
  2. Sep 20, 2011
    10
    I admit, I wasn't too thrilled about this movie going into this movie but I was willing to give it a chance. I felt the same way about TheI admit, I wasn't too thrilled about this movie going into this movie but I was willing to give it a chance. I felt the same way about The Fighter last year and ended up loving it. Let me tell you, I was so shocked how great this movie was. It has the genres usual clichés but the movie used them so well and to its advantage that it felt fresh. Sure it's predictable in the end, but sometimes, in this case, it's not about the destination(the ending), it's the journey to get to the destination. Even though this movie was 2 hours and 20 minutes it felt like 20 minutes, pretty fast journey I know, and that's a shame because I never wanted this movie to end. The characters are so great and well-developed that I felt for them throughout the movie, I cared about them, I felt their pain, and the amazing performances from the cast helped contribute to that. Especially Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, and Nick Nolte who give outstanding performances. I will be so shocked if not one of them are nominated. Everything else about this movie is just fantastic and hell I even cried twice during the last act of the movie. The action was gripping, the script was great, it was nicely shot especially during the fighting scenes, which I must warn you the camera does get a bit shaky but it's for a reason at least, and the score was just great it really added that extra dept to the scenes. I am not a big sports movie fan but I loved this movie, so even if you don't like sports movie I can guarantee that most of you will love. Full Review »
  3. Sep 25, 2011
    10
    You have to see this movie! It's a really compelling movie and executes it's emotional scenes very well and at times in the movie, you cheerYou have to see this movie! It's a really compelling movie and executes it's emotional scenes very well and at times in the movie, you cheer for both brothers. Eventually throughout the movie, you get an idea of who's going to win but it's still satisfying to watch and this is such a great movie with great fighting and great performances by Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, and Nick Nolte. Full Review »