Overall Rank: 442
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 462
Theatrical Release Date: 12/17/2008
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 04/21/2009
Genre: Drama, Sport
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Actors: Mickey Rourke, Evan Rachel Wood, Giovanni Roselli, Wass Stevens, Marisa Tomei, Elizabeth Wood
Plot: A broken down wrestler well past his prime tries to hang onto the limelight by bouncing around indie circuits and making just enough to get by.
Quick Movie Reviews
Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/24/2019
Mickey Rourke believably portrays a down-and-out professional wrestler in this astounding and bleak redemption story that's anything but generic.
Matthew Brady - wrote on 09/08/2014
The Wrestler is by far Mickey Rourke's best role yet. The movie has a fantastic script and a brilliant directing.
scunaclaf - wrote on 10/04/2013
Really good drama. its emotional, its engaging. you feel for Rourkes character...
Full Movie Reviews
Yojimbo - wrote on 03/11/2012
20 years after his hay day, Randy "The Ram" is still trying to nurse his broken body through the independent wrestling circuit when he suffers a heart attack that threatens his career. Maybe because it's because I'm English, or maybe because I don't have wheels on my home, I approached this film with a certain trepidation because I have absolutely no interest in wrestling, or sports movies in general.The plot is very much in the same vein as one of the million+ corny true life TV movies out there, but I must admit this film did win me over, basically for Mickey Rourke's incredibly honest performance for which he obviously drew on his own experiences as a professional boxer. It is the anti-sports movie, where instead of a small town guy making good, it is the story of a man who begins at …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 12/11/2011
Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) gets hospitalized after a fight. Pam/Cassidy (Marisa Tomei) helps Ram find a gift for his daughter. The stunts were believable and transformation from the aging wrestler who didn't care to a sensitive father whose passion is to wrestle. Really enjoyed the "hardcore" match with the props. Its choreography, soundtrack and cast shines. The 80's reference was fun since this reviewer likewise enjoyed wrestling and the music of GN'R, Crue, etc. Bonus features were likewise a treat. One of the best lines from Ram - "I'm alone. And I deserve to be all alone. I just don't want you to hate me." "The only place I get hurt is out there. The world don't give a shit about me." Rourke really brought this film on his shoulders because of his stunning …
Mr. E Movie Review
Mr. E Movie Review - wrote on 09/25/2009
The Wrestler, a Mr. E Movie Review
(Run time: 109 min. - Directed by: Darren Aronofsky - Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei)
The dramatic masterpiece The Wrestler has been called Mickey Rourke's comeback role. I say he just wasn't offered a role like this earlier. I mean this guy can act! He's raw, real, and charasmatic and The Wrestler is an awesome journey.
When wrestling superstar Randy "The Ram's" life starts it's decent 20 years after his prime, everything seems to crumble. He has a choice, he can either roll over and die, start a new humble journey, or just accept things the way they are and go out with a bang. Everything seems to be against him. His body is breaking down, he's broke, his daughter hates him, and his only friend outside of the ring is an aging, yet …
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Bob Stone - wrote on 2009-05-16 09:48
That's tough because they both leave you with two completley different feeling, Rocky leaving you feeling uplifted and triumphant, whereas the Wrestler left me cold and bummed. I would actually go with the Wretler overall,though
Hush - wrote on 2009-04-23 05:29
I&nbsp;loved both movies and as much as I like Mickey Rourke I liked Rocky better. I found Rocky a little more redeeming.
GJ81 - wrote on 2009-03-22 12:00
I aodred the Wrestler and I left the cinema with a feeling i don't often get. One of complete satisfaction. Rourke's performance was that there wasn't a performance. With a camera that close to your face, it takes a skill and discipline to act natural, and to not see that camera. That's the genious of his role here. Randy 'The Ram' becomes so very real because Rourke somehow behaves as he would in the real world. And that surely can not be easy to do infront a crew.
Hush - wrote on 2009-03-08 16:03
Rourke played a character...Penn was just pushing an agenda.