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Warrior relies on many of the clichés that critics of the genre love to mock -- and it transcends them with gripping action, powerful acting, and heart.



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Haunted by a tragic past, ex-Marine Tommy Conlon (Hardy) returns home for the first time in fourteen years to enlist the help of his father (Nick Nolte) to train for SPARTA, the biggest winner-takes-all event in mixed martial arts history. A former wrestling prodigy, Tommy blazes a path toward the championship while his brother, Brendan (Edgerton), an ex-fighter-turned teacher, returns to the ring in a desperate bid to save his family from financial ruin. But when Brendan's unlikely, underdog rise sets him on a collision course with the unstoppable Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront each other and the forces that pulled them apart, facing off in the most soaring, soul stirring, and unforgettable climax that must be seen to be believed. -- (C) Lionsgate


Joel Edgerton
as Brendan Conlon
Tom Hardy
as Tommy Conlon
Nick Nolte
as Paddy Conlon
Jennifer Morrison
as Tess Conlon
Frank Grillo
as Frank Campana
Kevin Dunn
as Principal Zito
Bryan Callen
as Himself
Sam Sheridan
as Himself
Jake McLaughlin
as Mark Bradford
Vanessa Martinez
as Pilar Fernandez
Capri Thomas
as Emily Conlon
Lexi Cowan
as Rosie Conlon
Noah Emmerich
as Dan Taylor
Julia Stockstad
as J.J. Riley's Assistant
Erik "Bad" Apple
as Pete "Mad Dog" Grimes
Nate Marquardt
as Karl Kruller
Roan Carneiro
as Marcos Santos
Daniel Stevens
as Francisco Barbosa
Hans Marrero
as Diego Santana
Yves Edwards
as Houston Greggs
Anthony Johnson
as Orlando "Midnight" Le
Jimmy Cvetic
as Tender Trap Promoter
Jace Jeanes
as Mike "The Mutilator" Moore
Jake Digman
as Tender Trap Announcer
Richard Fike
as Tender Trap Referee
Andre Mason
as Midnight Corner Man
James Houk
as State Official
Aaron Kleiber
as Koba Entourage #1
Raymond Rowe
as Koba Entourage #2
Lambert R. Strayer
as Koba Entourage #3
Roman Vasylyshyn
as Koba Entourage #4
Anthony Tambakis
as Sparta Official
Rashad Evans
as Himself
Tim Bickel
as A.V. Simers
Jack Fischer
as Platoon Sergeant
Jeff Hochendoner
as Marine MP #1
Armon York
as Marine MP #2
James Dreussi
as Marine #2
Kevin P. Hanley
as Inspector
Tammy Townsend
as Zito's Wife
Etta Cox
as Zito's Secretary
Sandy Notaro
as Diner Waitress
Tracy Campbell
as Desk Girl
Thomas McCue
as Taxi Cab Driver
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Critic Reviews for Warrior

All Critics (189) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (157) | Rotten (32)

  • Its three leads certainly deserve consideration for their artfulness in being able to infuse it with intimations of quality.

    Oct 26, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Grainy, hand-held cinematography can't lend authenticity to the forced emotion.

    Oct 25, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Carries you along despite its obvious faults and pretensions

    Sep 23, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • Has to conform to the lunkhead straitjacket of the tournament format: one dufus pounding another in extreme close-up for what seems like an eternity.

    Sep 22, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Pulver

    Top Critic
  • Sickly sentimental, but the barnstorming fight scenes will leave you counting stars.

    Sep 22, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This doesn't pack a punch like 'The Fighter' - but it's still a must for grapple fans.

    Sep 21, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Warrior

  • Jun 18, 2018
    Preposterous & preposterously compelling.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2017
    Time to review another one of my personal favorite movies, and a film that I believe is incredibly underrated in light of its quality and memorability. Warrior is a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) film starring Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy, as well as Jennifer Morrison and Nick Nolte, and it tells the story of two estranged brothers (Edgerton and Hardy) as they come together in a worldwide MMA tournament in the fight of their lives. Now, the most obvious thing one would look at in an MMA movie is the quality of the fight scenes presented, so let's start there. First of all, you don't need to be a UFC aficianado to appreciate the fights or understand what's happening. The film lays out the rules of an MMA fight fairly clearly, without explicitly informing viewers, and follows up with some impressive choreography and stylized fighting. The camera angles and sound editing makes you feel every thump, beat-down, and punch in every fight, and it is exhilarating. The action in Warrior may be some of the best action I've seen in any sports drama, maybe even any action movie. It is well-directed and well-shot, and it's amazing. The next best thing about Warrior is its cast and their acting ability: their effort gives the film true emotion and heart, allowing viewers to forget about all of the sports-movie-cliches that fill up the movie. Hardy and Edgerton play two brothers, Tommy and Brendan Conlon, respectively, and are excellent in portraying their strained relationship as brothers and their relationships with their loved ones and, especially, their father (Nolte). Nolte provides another memorable performance in the film, conveying a man who is broken but also a man who cares incredibly for his sons and their success as MMA fighters (despite the fact that he's training one to beat the crap out of the other). Another performance I love in Warrior is that of Frank Grillo (Crossbones in Captain America: Civil War). His charismatic, friendly, and motivational personality adds a lot to Edgerton's character and his journey. Other performances in the film, even Kevin Dunn's as the principal of the school Brendan works at, as well as the actors portraying Brendan's students, did fantastic. This is a short, straightforward review for a very straightforward movie. The point is, Warrior is an excellent sports drama that showcases incredible acting, technical editing, fight scenes, and directing. It's emotional, gripping, touching, heartwarming, and heartbreaking all at the same time. While its story is probably something you've seen done in many sports dramas before it, its effectiveness transcends that fact and pushes it out of the way in glorious fashion. Warrior is fantastic, and it deserves 5 stars.
    Paul F Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2016
    This movie was recommended to me since I enjoyed Creed, and I must say that Warrior is really something. The performance by Edgerton highlights a strong cast. Mark Isham's score is very fitting to such an emotional sports movie as the music really sets the tone. The fight sequences had me on the edge of my seat - bravo to the stunt crew! My biggest issue with this movie is Hardy's character. The premise of the film is built on the idea of two brothers entering a fighting tournament and meeting each other in the final. Both characters are developed to give audience members a difficult time choosing who to cheer for in the fight. However, I loathed Hardy's character immensely. The way he treated his father, brutally attacked opponents in the ring, and the things he did in the war made him too difficult to cheer for despite his reasoning for entering the tournament. Edgerton was much easier to sympathize with. The only other thing I have to say negatively about this movie is the fact that there wasn't any closure; the movie just ends after the final fight. Despite these things, Warrior is an emotionally powerful and fun movie to watch if you enjoy sports films such as Rocky.
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2014
    It never has mattered how many times the same story and the same issues have been trated before, <i>Warrior</i> is another valuable reminder that what really matters is how you retell the same story. With enough emotional punches to knock you out of the ring and with a rather mature although incomplete treatment of difficult situational family issues, the film does not reach the inspirational "underdog" ascent of a noble soul like the classic <i>Rocky</i> (1976) does, nor it achieves to handle varied human topics or has a rich character development like the superior <i>The Fighter</i> (2010) did, but it has (few) memorable scenes and a conclusion powerful enough to make you think, simply because you had previously found out that it wasn't so easy to know to whom you had to cheer for in the final fight. Even if I have never approved any show or act of human violence, you as a viewer are forced to choose a side regarding those "animals" that engage in such acts: if they do it because that's an option as a way of surviving and there are no options to support your family or yourself, then one must reconsider whether if you still approve such decisions or not. Above all, the most valuable lesson about <i>Warrior</i> is that there are few things in this world as beautiful as a reunited family, but if you had torn down the family building before, it takes a lot of work to reconstruct it. That is why the climax and the ending can be seen as an ironic tragedy. Props to Nick Nolte for an entirely different, yet equally powerful performance. 67/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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