(2008)

Critic Reviews

81

Metascore

Based on 36 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
This is Rourke doing astonishing physical acting.
100
The Wrestler is like "Rocky" made by the Scorsese of "Mean Streets." It's the rare movie fairy tale that's also a bravura work of art.
100
The movie has the simplicity and confidence of a Johnny Cash song.
100
The Wrestler is a character study, no more and no less, yet it's open-ended enough to function as many things.
100
Premiere
Rourke is getting tons of press and award nominations, but Marisa Tomei kicks ass too. Not only does the one-time Oscar winner look amazing and perform her own pole tricks, but she effectively humanizes what could be just another naked chick in a movie.
88
You watch The Wrestler (with a superb title song from Bruce Springsteen) in a state of pure exhilaration. A great actor in a great movie will do that to you.
88
It's a haunting, scary, funny, sad portrayal from Rourke.
80
Director, Darren Aronofsky, and the writer, Robert D. Siegel, have turned the story of this washed-up faux gladiator into a film of authentic beauty and commanding consequence.
80
Both Rourke and Tomei bring a tender, lived-in honesty to their sad roles.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
Bolstered by a career-best performance from Mickey Rourke and outstanding work by Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood.
75
The story has its clichéd and sentimental moments. It's no "Raging Bull," more like "Rocky" shot with a handheld camera. But Rourke's wounded tough guy is undeniably captivating.

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