Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. 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 319 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 »