It's impressive, in the sense that a sucker-punch impresses itself on your skull.
-David EdelsteinFull Review
It is thoughtful, unfashionable, measured, mostly honest, sometimes clumsy or remote, often exciting, occasionally moving and eventually surprising. It's correct.
-Joe MorgensternFull Review
Barely a year after the release of Mystic River, Clint Eastwood delivers a second consecutive drama that fearlessly probes the shadows of human morality without falling back on easy answers.
Perhaps the director's most touching, most elegiac work yet, Million Dollar Baby is a film that does both the expected and the unexpected, that has the nerve and the will to be as pitiless as it is sentimental.
-Kenneth TuranFull Review
Like Eastwood, it's a relic that dazzles you with its footwork, daring and class.
-Richard CorlissFull Review
Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby is a masterpiece, pure and simple, deep and true.
-Roger EbertFull Review
[A] solid boxing drama.
-Roger MooreFull Review
A glorious knockout punch of a movie.
No movie in my memory has depressed me more than Million Dollar Baby.
-Andrew SarrisFull Review
The result is the kind of movie they don't make anymore -- a real crowd-pleaser.
-Ann HornadayFull Review
It's rare that we see a movie that gives its characters a spiritual dimension; and rarer still that the director isn't making a heavy-handed statement with it.
-Moira MacDonaldFull Review
One of the many pleasures of this beautifully composed, measured movie is how it reminds you of the power of pure storytelling -- an art that's too often overlooked in contemporary films in the rush for sensation and excitement.
-Rene RodriguezFull Review
When you think you know its moves, it throws in fancy footwork. Then it sucker-punches you when you're not looking.
-Eric HarrisonFull Review
It may be that only Spencer Tracy and Paul Newman (and can someone explain to me how Eastwood and Newman have avoided making a movie together?) aged as well and as interestingly onscreen.
-Terry LawsonFull Review
It's a weeper, a fighter, a dreamer of a film that treads on ground that's been fairly trampled over the years. It should stink. Instead, it's flat-out wonderful.
Eastwood takes another whack at the cliches on which his career was built. He's made a deliberately paced and surprisingly provocative movie about the toll of failure and the torments of responsibility.
Confident, powerful, a thing of deceptively effortless beauty, Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby shifts its weight in the late rounds -- having seduced us with a gritty underdog tale -- and delivers a body blow.
-Lisa KennedyFull Review
It is Clint Eastwood's autumnal masterpiece.
-Ty BurrFull Review
As Maggie, Swank is a package of dynamite, a determined soul with too much to prove and too little time to do it in, to worry about defeat. Eastwood is so good in this movie, it almost feels like cheating.
-Desson ThomsonFull Review
The new picture takes its time, gives its actors room to breathe, and isn't afraid to strike a hokey note if it reveals something important. Real life, after all, is full of hokiness.
Million Dollar Baby is one for the books. It could have gone wrong in ways that would reduce it to a series of stereotypes. But it never does.
-Philip WuntchFull Review
Saying this movie is about boxing is akin to saying Citizen Kane is about a sled.
-Bill MullerFull Review
The picture uses the familiar boxing milieu -- the dingy gym, the late-night training sessions, the build-up to the Big Bout -- as background for a far more intimate and surprising love story between a surrogate father and a surrogate daughter.
-Eleanor Ringel GillespieFull Review
It's a story about passion and dedication to a dream. It's a story about the need to believe in yourself and what you're doing. It's a story about lost opportunities and second chances.
-Jeff StricklerFull Review
The performances of the three leads are perfect, so we don't care that we don't know what lies right outside the Hit Pit.
-Jonathan RosenbaumFull Review
It has the gloom and transcendence of an old man's wisdom.
-Mick LaSalleFull Review
Solemn, inflated and dull.
-Charles TaylorFull Review
An unsettling and unforgettable masterpiece of skid-row poetry that punctures the heart.