This doesn't pack a punch like 'The Fighter' - but it's still a must for grapple fans.
- Anna Smith, Time Out, September 21, 2011
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.
- Bruce Diones, New Yorker, September 19, 2011
Warrior ends up feeling a lot bigger than you expect it to.
- Bob Mondello, NPR, September 16, 2011
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.
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture, September 11, 2011
Warrior's three principle characterizations are compelling - Nolte in particular gives a tempered performance as the shambling, sad-eyed wreck of a dad - but not enough to mask the film's lesser elements.
- Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine, September 10, 2011
O'Connor films the fight scenes, and the fight training scenes leading up to them, with the requisite oomph.
- Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, September 09, 2011
The beats are familiar, the stakes are high, the fights are brutal, and the rewards are just.
- William Goss, Film.com, September 09, 2011
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.
- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, September 09, 2011
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.
- Adam Graham, Detroit News, September 09, 2011
Warrior is a weirdly affecting hybrid, a 100-proof melodrama that's two-thirds Sylvester Stallone and one-third Eugene O'Neill. Think Rocky's Long Day's Journey into Night.
- Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail, September 09, 2011
Director Gavin O'Connor comes out swinging in this flawed but fiercely moving family drama...Strong stuff.
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, September 09, 2011
While "Warrior" does offer enough jaw-snapping action to sate any 'roid-ragers in the audience, it works on deeper levels as well.
- John DeFore, Washington Post, September 09, 2011
Nolte's performance is masterful, marshalling together pain and regret and a slowly dawning comprehension in a single wince. But all this film has going for it besides him are its incredibly brutal fight scenes.
- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, September 09, 2011
A cheap exploitation picture wrapped in miles and miles of stale would-be Oscar scenes...
- Kyle Smith, New York Post, September 09, 2011
"Warrior" could have used a bit more guts. But it's still a knockout.
- Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 09, 2011
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.
- Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, September 09, 2011
Yes, the coincidences are fast and furious, but both Edgerton and Hardy give powerful performances as damaged men.
- Claudia Puig, USA Today, September 08, 2011
Hits things so hard, both literally and metaphorically, that it's hard not to feel pummeled yourself by the time it's over.
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, September 08, 2011
The plot is Shakespeare meets Balboa.
- Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com, September 08, 2011
Choppy editing makes a hash out of the fight scenes, and, by the end, a Neanderthal sensibility asserts itself: A brotherly beating makes the heart grow fonder.
- Soren Anderson, Seattle Times, September 08, 2011