The Wrestler

109 mins
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The great Mickey Rourke (who won the BAFTA and Golden Globe for this role, but cruelly missed the Oscar)... More

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The Wrestler is available to stream in the United Kingdom... More now on Amazon Video and Apple TV Store and Google TV and YouTube and Curzon and Microsoft.

The Wrestler | Ratings & Reviews

"Rourke creates a galvanizing, humorous, deeply moving portrait that instantly takes its place among the great, iconic screen performances. An elemental story simply and brilliantly told, Darren Aronofsky's fourth feature is a winner from every possible angle."


"Aronofsky’s most authentic film refuses to ridicule the amateur wrestling circuit, while Rourke’s portrait of a has-been will surely be the comeback of the year."

Total FilmTotal Film

"Like its hero, the movie has a blunt, exuberant honesty, pulling off even its false moves with conviction and flair."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"This is Rourke doing astonishing physical acting."

Roger EbertRoger Ebert

"He goes looking for part of his past, but the result is a cliched and implausible subplot. It's a shame that the price of seeing one of the truly great performances of this or any year is sitting through the dross that contains it."

New Zealand HeraldNew Zealand Herald

"So much more than you might imagine, and with a powerhouse performance full of such vulnerability, gut honesty and tenderness from Mickey Rourke this really is one of the films of the year."


"The Wrestler doesn't add up. It's constructed with great care around a lead performance that is everything it could possibly be, but the picture itself is off-putting and disappointing."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"Bolstered by a career-best performance from Mickey Rourke and outstanding work by Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"An emotional smackdown. Rourke’s never been better, and the change of pace and texture suits Aronofsky perfectly. The Raging Bull of wrestling movies? Oh, go on then."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

"I liked this film immensely. I like the way that it has for ever raised the bar for what a sports biopic can be, the way it tells a noisy story with moments of great quietness and insight."

Dominion PostDominion Post

The Wrestler | Details

Award winner
Best Actor for Mickey Rourke - BAFTA Awards 2009. Best Actor (Drama) for Mickey Rourke - Golden Globes 2009. Winner of the Golden Lion - Venice Film Festival 2008.
Drama, Sport
Country of origin