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Agree with every single thing jbissell said about the film. I don’t have any experience watching wrestling, so the fights were rather hard for me to watch. All the backstage stuff is excellent and his rituals as he prepares himself for a fight were amongst my favorite parts. I agree that the stuff with the daughter and the relationship stuff feels cliched but I bought into Mickey Rourke’s character so completely and everything felt real enough that even the cliches didn’t bother me. I was really devastated by this movie.

Grade: B