May 2nd, 2019
This is just our second boxing pic out of 24 Scoring At The Movies episodes and it's a much-loved flicker show, especially with mature viewers: Million Dollar Baby. This movie won many Oscars, it made great bank at the box office, and it's well-regarded by both critics and its fan base.
Hilary Swank does her best-ever work (bonus points: she's the first woman to play the lead in one of our two dozen sporty ventures) and Clint Eastwood & Morgan Freeman are rock-solid as always, but Paul Haggis' writing and Eastwood's direction are problematic. There are a few too many potshot stereotypes and there's waaaay too much Danger. Chris also took issue with some of the story beats. But it's hard to deny that it's an unusual boxing film (especially in the 3rd act) and is an effective gut-puncher.
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