Movie Review: Million Dollar Baby (2004)

As director and the film’s leading man, Clint Eastwood fills the sports drama Million Dollar Baby (A) with a vital sense of surrogate family. His boxing coach protagonist along with his business partner (Morgan Freeman) take on a female trainee (Hilary Swank) to help her realize her dream of becoming a professional. As hopes are realized and tragedy strikes, this central trio sticks together through thick and thin. The film contains well-observed sequences of how humans behave under pressure-cooker situations both physical and emotional. It’s also doubtful you’ll see three performances this outstanding together in a film in some time.

I've reviewed films for more than 20 years. Current movie reviews of new theatrical releases and direct-to-video or streaming films are added weekly to the Silver Screen Capture movie news site. Many capsule critiques originally appeared in expanded form in my syndicated Lights Camera Reaction column.

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Posted in 2004, Rent It Tonight

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