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A powerful portrait of a battered dreamer, ex-professional wrestler Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke), who despite himself and the odds stacked against him, lives to be a hero once again in the only place he considers home — inside the ring. The Wrestler is the winner of 2 Golden Globes® including Best Actor Mickey Rourke and Best Original Song by Bruce Springsteen.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 219
- Fresh: 214
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 8.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Predictable as it is, this sad, strong beast of a film keeps us pinned to the mat with the strength of its compassion and the overpowering force of its central performance.
Fresh: The Wrestler has the intimacy of a fly-on-the-wall documentary. No stunt men were harmed -- or used -- in the fight sequences. But the drama makes for vibrant art.
Fresh: The chance to play that poignant confusion is the real prize that Rourke and Tomei earn in The Wrestler.
Fresh: The movie presses too hard and too often, but the performances are strong enough to withstand the melodramatic impulses, and the themes of isolation and self-destructiveness are too sharply realized to be trivialized.
The Return of Mickey Rourke...
I had no idea that Mickey Rourke, had the physical and emotional acting chops to pull off the role in "The Wrestler", and he certainly did. He is this movie, no other actor could bring the same type of energy he brought to this role. I loved the way this film was made, it almost has like a documentary type of feel to it, it's a raw realistic film. Don't miss out on "The Wrestler"
Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler essentially ranks to be the best film of 2008. For me personally the film redefined the word "tragedy", and truly explores the psychological darkness of Mickey Rourke personally and characteristically. Sean Penn delivered an OSCAR worthy performance in Gus Van Sant's "Milk" yet from my perspective didn't rightfully deserve the Award for Best Actor. "The Wrestler" as an intial story, psychologically identifies one man of which whom inevitably is unable to escape from a self-destructive environment. Aronofsky's direction delivers a vivid description and documentary-like reality of a self destructive environment and how it undoubtably effects those in it. Both Mickey Rouke and Marisa Tomei deliver devoted performances and Darren Aronofsky redefines the American tragedy with a triumphant film/picture.
This is one of the best movies I have seen! Mickey Rourke should have won some awards for this, he did and amazing job in this film.