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Howard's movie skillfully delivers that primal, heart-pounding satisfaction that is the promise of all boxing tales.

-David AnsenFull Review

The joy is in the playing, and Ron Howard pulls out all the stops like the organist at the old Madison Square Garden.

-Jonathan F. RichardsFull Review

The storytelling is fluid and gripping.

-Jonathan RosenbaumFull Review

Just an O.K. vintage fight movie.

-Andrew SarrisFull Review

The thing that ultimately makes it a classic in the pantheon of American movies is the way it reveals something about the idealism, strength, grace and grit of the American Dream.

-Rex ReedFull Review

Cinderella Man is a movie about the indomitability of the American spirit, and those are always far less interesting than movies about actual people.

-Stephanie ZacharekFull Review

This is an utterly predictable, thoroughly manipulative and thunderously obvious movie. I wouldn't change a frame of it.

-Rene RodriguezFull Review

Howard has got but a single message to deliver here -- boxer Braddock as the populist American hero of the Depression era - and he beats us over the head with his uplifting haymaker until we're crumbled on the canvas and crying for mercy.

-Rick GroenFull Review

We're in an almost irony-free zone, where everything is exactly as it seems, and no subtexts are available for subtext-fanatics.

-Stephen HunterFull Review

Ron Howard's Depression-era ode to second chances and noble contests, filmed here last summer, is not just another boxing movie or just another picture. It's a completely absorbing and artfully made fairy tale that just so happens to be true.

-Peter HowellFull Review

Easily the best American film so far this year.

-Mick LaSalleFull Review

Pardon its dust, and you'll be rewarded with a moving story of a time gone by, and of an unexpected hero.

-Moira MacDonaldFull Review

With Russell Crowe in literal fighting trim and a splendid supporting cast, this is a boxing pic built on classic lines, and one of the best movies of the summer.

-Roger MooreFull Review

Like its hero, it stubbornly gets the job done.

-Stephen WhittyFull Review

The fight scenes hurt, not because they're edited like quicksilver or nimbly staged -- they are -- but because we are made to care so deeply for the title character.

-Amy Biancolli

If you used to love the movies, Cinderella Man will remind you of the movies you loved.

-Philip WuntchFull Review

Crowe's performance as this Seabiscuit of the sweet science will no doubt make the middleweight Cinderella Man a contender -- an Oscar contender.

-Lisa KennedyFull Review

A grand piece of old-fashioned Hollywood filmmaking that is easily the best movie of the year so far.

-Tom Long

Braddock only wants another shot at boxing to buy milk for the kids. Cue the heavenly choir.

-Jami BernardFull Review

We needed heroes in the 1930s, and we need them today, and Cinderella Man is the unashamed story of a hero.

-( Paul ClintonFull Review

We needed heroes in the 1930s, and we need them today, and Cinderella Man is the unashamed story of a hero.

-Paul Clinton ( Review

If you're the sort of occasional moviegoer who feels they don't make 'em like they used to -- well, you're right. Except that Howard and Russell Crowe have just proved you wrong.

-Ty BurrFull Review

So square it makes the original Rocky look cutting edge and Million Dollar Baby positively avant-garde by comparison.

-Lou Lumenick

In telling the story of heavyweight champion Jimmy Braddock, Howard creates a hero who's not operating out of a pumped-up sense of himself.

-Robert Denerstein

The first film in terms of Oscar hopefuls this year that can truly be considered a contender.

-John MonaghanFull Review

Most serious movies live in a world of cynicism and irony, and most good-hearted movie characters live in bad movies. Here is a movie where a good man prevails in a world where every day is an invitation to despair.

-Roger EbertFull Review

Howard hurts our ability to enjoy this good story by pushing its plot points too insistently.

-Kenneth TuranFull Review

I've never seen a boxing movie that has so convinced me I was seeing a pro bout both real and sustained.

-Mike ClarkFull Review

Crowe gives another solid performance, and Paul Giamatti (Sideways, American Splendor) adds to his shining reputation as a top character actor by playing Braddock's lippy manager, Joe Gould.

-Bill MullerFull Review

Ron Howard's film about the heavyweight boxer James J. Braddock is a shamefully ingratiating old-fashioned weepie.

-Manohla DargisFull Review

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