Mixed-Martial-Arts Movie: Rave

Hollywood Reporter: ‘With a fractured nuclear family that Eugene O’Neill would embrace and electrifying fight scenes in the not-quite-mainstream sport of mixed martial arts, Gavin O’Connor’s “Warrior” makes for a sturdy, visceral entertainment. It’s a long movie that feels short: It grabs you in early scenes, intense though low-key before all hell breaks loose, then keeps you riveted to its mostly male characters — a father, two sons, a trainer and, yes, a wife who gets left out of key decisions — as members of a blue-collar family head for a winner-takes-all tournament in Atlantic City.’

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