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100
An unflinching and historically rich rendering of an amazing story. He has made what is easily the best American film so far this year.
100
A premier boxing movie and a forceful Depression remembrance for the socially conscious, Cinderella Man also ices it for stargazers that Russell Crowe is the dominant screen actor working today.
100
Philadelphia Inquirer
Cinderella Man is not a movie about boxing, but about this boxer who personified the heart and hope of 1935.
100
The Hollywood Reporter
Ron Howard and Russell Crowe bring the Braddock story to vivid life in a superbly acted, beautifully shot, highly engaging drama that ranks as one of Howard's best efforts.
100
In sum, the classical Ron Howard and his splendid cast have made a spellbinding movie that joins "Million Dollar Baby," as well as "Raging Bull," the first two "Rocky" pictures, and "Fat City" as one of boxing cinema's all-time heavyweight champs.
88
It's the classic American tale of the family man triumphant, and Howard makes sure that it hits you right in the heart.
88
Jim Braddock is almost transparent in the simple goodness of his character; that must have made him almost impossible to play. Russell Crowe makes him fascinating, and it takes a moment of two of thought to appreciate how difficult that must have been.
88
Miami Herald
Smashing, supremely engrossing picture.
83
Entertainment Weekly
How exceptional a film actor is Russell Crowe? So exceptional that in Cinderella Man, he makes a good boxing movie feel at times like a great, big picture.
80
Wall Street Journal
Ron Howard's Depression-era movie also works from the inside out, building a classic underdog drama from depth of character, rich texture, vivid detail and stirring performances.
50
New York Daily News
Without Crowe and Paul Giamatti, this movie would have little in its corner.

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