As you would expect, this film is flawlessly crafted, superbly acted and intelligently written. Jim Braddock (Russell Crowe) was a real-life prizefighter who came from behind to serve as a symbol of hope during the Depression. His story makes for a boxing picture that’s as traditional as you can get, with equal parts warm inspiration and cold, hard punches that send sweat beads flying, camera bulbs flashing and crowds roaring. Rated: PG-13 for intense boxing violence and some language. Rating: 3 out of 4 stars.

– Christy Lemire, AP critic


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