Director: David O. Russell
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo
Review: 4 stars (of five)
The Fighter is a solid character drama that’s maybe not in the weight class of Raging Bull or Rocky, but with fantastic acting, crisp direction and a story that nearly finds its focus, it’s one of the better films of 2010.
(MPAA regulations require reviews of boxing movies to have at least one sport-related pun. “Weight class” was it. We’re safe from here on.)
The most noteworthy thing about the movie is Christian Bale’s amazing submersion into the character of Dicky Ward, an ex-boxer who...