'Warrior' Critic Reviews

95%
MovieWeb:   13 reviews
83%
Rotten Tomatoes:   176 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    90
    Warrior is an epic, beautiful film, a must see!
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    It's about broken families coming together. It's about economic desperation and about America getting off the ropes and recovering its fighting spirit.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    It is appropriately blunt, powerful and relentless, a study of male bodies in sweaty motion and masculine emotions in teary turmoil.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew Pulver Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Has to conform to the lunkhead straitjacket of the tournament format: one dufus pounding another in extreme close-up for what seems like an eternity.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    Yes, the coincidences are fast and furious, but both Edgerton and Hardy give powerful performances as damaged men.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • John DeFore Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    While "Warrior" does offer enough jaw-snapping action to sate any 'roid-ragers in the audience, it works on deeper levels as well.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    All the director and co-writer Gavin O'Connor does is apply old boxing-film tricks to what is, for the movies, a new sport. Then he doubles them.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Old line-gargler Nolte remains an effortlessly moving presence, while Hardy and Edgerton embody their archetypes and handle the physical demands.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    This fictional drama about two men struggling with the anger planted in them by their abusive father has moments of power that push through a fake-out script.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    80
    A double-barreled Rocky for the mixed martial arts generations, the practically epic fight film Warrior is one of the most exhilarating surprises of this summer movie season.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    It's too corny to live. But the picture is a slam dunk. I mean a ground-and-pound double-leg takedown. It's really gripping.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bruce Diones New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The movie is so skillfully made, and the performances are so convincingly real (Hardy is sensational), that, as it reaches its cathartic, winning finish, it achieves a surprising compassion and honesty.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    This is a rare fight movie in which we don't want to see either fighter lose.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Every time you start resisting, somehow the film makes the sale, again.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    For all the contemporary references, it's essentially a spin on the story of Cain and Abel, which may be the reason it feels timeless.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    The two leads, Edgerton and Hardy, pull off their respective roles - rising above the cliches and the melodrama - with ferocity and focus.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    The set-up sounds gallingly crude and derivative, yet "Warrior" turns it into a one-two punch of gripping action and powerful drama.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Adam Graham Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    It's also a fight movie that knows all the fight movie cliches and doesn't shy away from embracing them wholeheartedly. But it hits its marks and hits them well, and feels fresh even as it traffics so deeply in the familiar.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    Hardy is as good an actor as there is working today; his intensity here is amazing. Nolte hasn't been this good in a long time. And Edgerton holds his own with both.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    75
    Skillfully made and adrenalin-fueled, Warrior is nothing like what I expected. It overcomes inescapable boxing and martial arts cliches and leaves you thoroughly sated, energized and wanting more.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Robert Koehler Variety (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Leydon Variety (Top Critic)
    An improbably effective and affecting mix of raw emotions and exciting smackdowns.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    A cheap exploitation picture wrapped in miles and miles of stale would-be Oscar scenes...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    75
    "Warrior" is a straight genre picture, a fight movie of the old school. But it's a mixed martial arts tale, and as such, it's the best MMA movie ever.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bruce Demara Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    88
    Lovers of the sport and macho men in general be warned: Warrior is so beautifully constructed and emotionally engaging, the tears are almost certain to fall. Bring a hankie and/or a very discreet companion.
    Full Review » 3 years ago