Sound Off: Gavin O'Connor's MMA Drama 'Warrior' - Your Thoughts?

September 9, 2011

Gavin O'Connor's Warrior

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Ready to go to war?! Arriving in theaters everywhere today is a film that I've loved since I first saw it in early April. It's a sports drama called Warrior about two MMA fighters and brothers who end up in the ring together. Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton, two of the most badass up-and-coming actors, star as the "warriors" we're rooting for, along with Nick Nolte as their estranged father. So is it as great as everyone is saying? Did it leave you in tears at the end? Did you love it? If you've already seen it, leave a comment below and tell us what you thought of Gavin O'Connor's Warrior.

I love this movie, hands down, I absolutely love it. As I mentioned originally in my review, not only do I think it's better than The Fighter, no question, but it's just a great film about brothers, about family, about what it means to be driven and passionate. And I think I connected with it especially because I have an older brother and have sometimes had a tumultuous relationship with him, and seeing the embrace at the end totally sums up, without any words, exactly how I feel about him. It's as triumphant and exciting to watch as Miracle, one of my other all-time favorite sports films, and it packs quite a few punches without drowning the audience in too much MMA. One of my favorite movies of the year that will definitely remain that way.

What did you think of Warrior? One of the best movies of 2011 or a boring, bland sports film? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!

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  • Garrison
    I hope 'Warrior' launches Kurt Angle's movie career and he does more mainstream movies from now on such as 'The Expendables 2' and the next James Bond film.
    • Valvg
      Are you serious?
    • Whatsxhisxname
      Kurt angle is a drunk & a junkie. He wont het roles because of that
  • Sisz1
    Best movie I've seen in ten years.
  • Jill Marin
    One of the year's best films. Oscars for all involved. It deserves to be No. 1 next week at the box office more than any other film. Random Star Trek connection - Shinzon (Tom Hardy) and Winona Kirk (Jennifer Morrison) together on screen.
  • Film Wizard
    In my opinion the BEST movie of the fall so far. And I've seen 50/50 and Dolphin Tale already
    • Lerryjee
      I love facetious comments like yours.... wait, it was facetious, right? In any event, I fully agree with Alex. 
    • Anonymous
      lol dolphin tale
  • HollyB48
    Best Movie I have seen in years! Oscars should be won. I saw the advanced screening. Never seen an audiece so captivated and get so emotional. Saw lots of guys trying to hide tears. Taking my parents to go see it on Saturday. So after seeing it twice I'm actually kind of sad I will have to wait so long to own the movie for myself.
  • Loved it. Absolutely destroys any other MMA movie out there. One of the best of the year.
  • Franklin Carpio
    I loved it. I was in Pittsburgh when they were filming it and happened to also be in it. I am so glad that if finally came out and it was worth the wait. Tom Hardy is gonna be an star, can't wait to see his ferocity in Bane.  They cut a "beginning" scene that i was in, but it made complete sense and glad they did it. Amazing. Loved it.
  • Anon
    AMAZING! Seriously I knew it was going to be good but walking into the theater I didn't know it was going to be that good. The movie was, simply put, perfect. I wouldn't have changed one thing about it. I still have goosebumps when I think about it! I thought it was way better than The Fighter and hands down one of the best movies of 2011. I will definitely be seeing it again. 
  • Luke M
    Great, touching, moving, and extremely powerful. The BEST film of the year for me so far. ...probably until Fincher's "dragon tattoo"
  • Griffin
    It was ok. Predictable.
  • dean
    The Wrestler was way better film
    • GMA
    • David Darida
      The Wrestler was however a completely different kind of movie...
  • Ron
    I am not a big fan/follower of MMA but this movie was really, surprisingly good! It has a lot of heart and emotion which I thought was the main aspect of the movie rather than the MMA. I think everyone acted really well espcially Nick Nolte.  Final verdit: Good movie! Go see it!  
  • Nero
    meeeeeh.  too formulaic, sounds & looks like it 'hould pull on the right strings to elicit all the right emotions necessary for Oscar talk. just call it 'The Fighter; Round 2' and get it over with.  
    • Nero
      dangit! the ' is just too friggin close to the s.  *should
  • Vitaliy
    great film. I was really fighting back tears in at least 3 scenes. Paddy and Tommy were such tragic characters. The last fight was beautifully choreographed and that choice of song was amazing. It fit so perfectly. And man, you wanted to bawl when Tommy was getting all his pain beaten out of him. Fuck, I just got choked up reviewing it all in my head. 
  • Nick C
    Brilliant film. It may be similar to a film like The fighter... because it has fighting? However, it was a touching piece. Tom Hardy was absolutely fantastic and Nick Noltey blew my mind in his role. I don't watch boxing or MMA... in fact I could care less about the sport... This film was much more than fighting. I loved the Fighter, but Warrior just topped The Figher for me.
  • Earthbound
    Great movie! Made me feel for all the main characters. At the end I wanted so badly for it not to be over!! Beautifully human and fantastic sports drama.
  • Markysri
    I have to admit, no tears dropped, but they were close. I'm a huge MMA fan and I feel like you don't have to be one to get into this film. I give a lot props to Mark Isham and the soundtrack; there are a few scenes that wouldn't have been as powerful without Ingram's skills. Overall, I give it a 7.9/10. If Tom Hardy doesn't get a nod for his performance, I'd be pretty disappointed. Nick Nolte was super solid. Finally a good MMA movie! 
  • ThatGuy
    alex, i was was reading the paper last week and on the add for warrior it had the quote "better then 'the figher' " - alex billington, nice to see some recognition for the site. I saw the movie last night and loved it.
    • Thanks. Yea, I honestly felt that after seeing this, especially because The Fighter got so much awards acclaim and this deserves at least the same or more. Tom Hardy is SO damn good!!
  • Jordyn
    Nothing special. I would of rather spent the money on buying school supplies.
    • You're gonna love the 3rd grade...make sure your mom buys you the big box of crayons
  • Excellent of the best I've seen in a long time
  • Ironmen
    Best movie Ive seen in years too.  Nuff said...
  • Kickbusch
    Easily the best movie since Iception. This movie got me choked up at least 10 times. Terrific film! My pick for the Best Picture Oscar. 
    • Kickbusch
  • ImaginaryVisionary
    C'mon seriously?  You all hyped this movie up way too much.  It was an average movie about fighting, and aside from the fact that it involved fighting I don't even see the connection to the movie The Fighter which in my opinion had way superior acting and was an all around better film.  Compare this to The Wrestler....and it's forgettable.  I wouldn't be surprised if this film gets some Oscar hype, but I also won't be surprised if after the hype it doesn't win a single award. #1 film by the end of opening weekend?  The over advertising killed it's chances.  I barely saw any previews for Contagion, and it wasn't that great of a film itself....but The Warrior couldn't top it, or The Help, which isn't surprising to me.  Historical chic lit will always beat a movie about a popular but obscure sport that is only popular with a small demographic of the population, because when it's time to go to the movies guys don't drag their girlfriends to a movie like this....girlfriends drag guys to movies like The Help (which also is surviving off of the very large Baby Boomer demographic that are flocking to one of the few films this summer that their generation can relate to).   No offense because I love your site, and often relate to your perspective, but sometimes this side has a serious male nerd bias.
  • TOTALLY awesome movie. Way better then the fighter. The only thing that was cheesy was the stupid principal scenes while hes watching one of the fights on tv from his home. Also the training montage was'nt very good either with the 4 split screens going on at one time.
  • Anonymous
    I loved this movie, I probably jumped up out of my chair and cheered 3 times in the theater!  The performances were outstanding, Nick Nolte was great.  I agree this is way better than The Fighter, hands down.  Probably my favorite movie of the year so far.
  • Borgwolf
    Worth the watch ,
  • David Darida
    The movie of the year....for me
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