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Bleed for This

Bleed for This

This is what the greatest comeback in sports history looks likeNov. 04, 2016 USA116 Min.R
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Ben Younger


Miles Teller isVinny Pazienza
Vinny Pazienza
Aaron Eckhart isKevin Rooney
Kevin Rooney
Katey Sagal isLouise Pazienza
Louise Pazienza
Ciarán Hinds isAngelo Pazienza
Angelo Pazienza
Ted Levine isLou Duva
Lou Duva
Amanda Clayton isDoreen Pazienza
Doreen Pazienza
Gary Galone isCaesar's Pit Boss
Caesar's Pit Boss


The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza, who after a near fatal car crash, which left him not knowing if he’d ever walk again, made one of sports most incredible comebacks.

Bleed for This
Bleed for This
Original titleBleed for This
IMDb Rating6.8 11,975 votes
TMDb Rating6.7 101 votes

(41) comments

  • bartonj2410October 13, 2016Reply

    Miles Teller is fantastic in this inspirational comeback of all comebacks

    When it comes to film, there is no other sport that has delivered such
    powerful and emotional dramas on the big screen as boxing. It’s the
    personal drama they delve into that makes them so relatable to
    audiences. That’s not to say we’ve all climbed the Rocky Steps or
    assaulted family members as a result of paranoia though.

    Many have been based on true stories and that is certainly the case
    with Bleed For This, a film based on the astonishingly courageous real
    life experiences of Vinny Pazienza.

    Played by Miles Teller, Pazienza was a World Champion Boxer who was
    left not knowing whether he’d be able to walk again after a near fatal
    car accident caused severe spinal damage. Rather than let it defeat
    him, Pazienza aimed to get back in the ring, setting in motion one of
    the greatest comebacks in sporting history.

    The biggest draw of Bleed For This are its performances, particularly
    the knock-out lead one given by Miles Teller, one of the hottest young
    actors in Hollywood today. Teller never loses the cockiness of
    Pazienza, even when he faces a life without boxing, turning him into
    such a remarkable character.

    I really enjoyed the pairing of Teller and Aaron Eckhart as his
    trainer, Kevin Rooney. Eckhart hasn’t really had much to shout about in
    recent years but I do think he’s a good actor, showcasing it here with
    a good performance. Ciarán Hinds and Katey Sagal deliver fine
    performances as Vinny’s mother and father, taking me a while to realise
    it was even them with the change in appearance.

    The best boxing films are the ones that focus more on the goings on
    outside of the ring than inside it, and that’s where Ben Younger gets
    it right with Bleed For This. Yes, a big part of the story is Vinny
    wanting to get back in the ring but Younger chooses to focus on the man
    himself and how driven an individual he was to get back to his best in
    the ring.

    Younger also delivers some energetic boxing sequences, using quick
    edits and excellent sound mixing to almost feel like you’re taking the
    punches at times. The brutality of the sport is wince- inducing at
    times so the film does warrant its rating however, the moment that had
    everyone wincing was when Vinny has the screws taken out of his head
    after six months of wearing the halo designed to help his neck recover.
    It’s a moment that perfectly captures the severity of Vinny’s accident
    as well as the aforementioned cockiness, Teller playing it for laughs.

    If you’re a fan of boxing films, Bleed For This is a film you will want
    to see. Don’t dismiss it entirely if you aren’t a big fan of boxing
    films because there is plenty to admire in this portrayal of one of the
    most inspirational comebacks in sporting history.

  • Gary RandallOctober 26, 2016Reply

    The Tazmanian Devil’s story

    No spoilers here. I went to a screening last night in Los Angeles for
    ‘Bleed for This’.

    It’s an excellent movie that delivers solid performances from the
    supporting cast. Oscar nominations abound.

    Aaron Eckhart comes through with a dead-on take of Kevin Rooney (all
    the way down to the walk) and should be a shoo-in for an Oscar

    Miles Teller shows a depth beyond his years in his portrayal of the
    Pazmanian Devil.

    Highly recommend.

    Gary Randall

  • mscherlenNovember 15, 2016Reply

    Raging Bore

    After an advanced screening of the movie last night, and hope I can
    save you a wasted trip to the multiplex…

    There are two types of Boxing movies…ones that compare to Raging
    Bull, and ones like this. It is a contrived tale of a boxer who
    triumphs over adversity in a plug and play, cookie-cutter way that
    feels like you have seen it a thousand times before. There are the
    manufactured triumphant moments, programmed ”Insert humor here”
    chuckles, and the ”shocking” (but not really)events. At no time are you
    transported into caring, as the great cast are forced into shallow
    stereotypes with no depth or dimension. Miles Teller does a serviceable
    job in this poorly thought out role, but looks the same no matter what
    weight class he is fighting in, Aaron Eckhart is positively repulsive
    looking as an overweight drunk has-been(how original!) with a
    distracting haircut meant to look like he is balding. He is given no
    real role to showcase his talents, and the alcoholic angle just seems
    ridiculous and unreal. Ted Levine as a creepy boxing promoter is just a
    wasted rehash of his creepiness from Silence of the Lambs, and fits
    into yet another of the movie’s contrivances.

    The group of actors are wasted on stale fare,the Director should be
    held to account for making a cut and paste generic melodrama, and the
    cinematography at no time brings the fights to life. There is no
    development to make you really like or care about the characters, there
    are no surprises in the whole movie, the emotion and the laughs are
    contrived (and the car crash was dumb… Vinny is in the car, which is
    supposed to be a new Camaro, but has old faded paint, and has a bloody
    head and everybody in the scene is shocked, but he looks much better
    then he did after he had won a fight…silly) and the script never lets
    anything seem genuine.

    The movies flaws outweigh its good points 10 to 1, and the first half
    of the movie could have been left on the cutting room floor with no
    ill-effect. In fact, it seemed like a four hour movie. Sadly, Bleed For
    This should slowly bleed to death through faint praise, and with good
    editing, should have ended up as nothing more than its trailer…

  • www.ramascreen.comNovember 15, 2016Reply

    This ain’t no Rocky!

    The problem with BLEED FOR THIS is that the true story behind it is way
    more fascinating than the film itself which unfortunately doesn’t get
    to be anything more than mundane. After having seen countless other
    comeback underdog themed films in the past, BLEED FOR THIS just seems
    so uninspired.

    Miles Teller plays Vinny ”The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza, a boxer who
    shot to stardom after winning 2 world title fights. He’s at the top of
    his game. But a near fatal car crash leaves him with spinal injury so
    bad the doctors think he may never walk again. But with the help of
    stubbornness and his trainer, Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart), Vinny
    proves everybody wrong and not only does he get to walk again, he
    ultimately returns to the ring and reclaims his title belt. It’s been
    deemed as one of the most incredible comebacks in sports history.

    As I said earlier, the true story of Vinny and how he defied all odds
    is fascinating, I mean the guy actually had metals screwed in to his
    head and shoulders, the damage would make even people with faith be
    skeptical of Vinny’s recovery. So the fact that he ended up boxing
    again was nothing short of a miracle. But the film unfortunately is too
    textbook, there’s nothing authentic about writer/director Ben Younger’s
    approach, even the way it presents some of the characters’ personal
    demons, they come across like some kind of caricatures. Which is a
    shame because I commend Younger for taking a risk on the guy who
    usually plays the funny friend (”Footloose,” ”Divergent”) and was part
    of that horrible ”Fantastic Four” reboot, Miles Teller. I think
    gambling on Teller was the right move on Younger, Teller in my opinion
    does his job, maybe not to the extent that De Niro did his in ”Raging
    Bull,” but Teller provides a much needed intensity. The kid’s got
    talent. I can’t say the same for the rest of the actors around him that
    are too busy trying to look and talk and walk like they’re local
    Providence. BLEED FOR THIS is what happens when a script plays it too
    much by the book and plays it safe, what you get is a film that doesn’t
    move you; a film that lacks imagination and excitement.

    — Rama’s Screen —

  • Mark DurforNovember 16, 2016Reply

    Bleed For This doesn’t do justice for Pazienza

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • David Ferguson ([email protected])November 17, 2016Reply

    Decent movie on a remarkable story

    Greetings again from the darkness. You may be excused if you believe
    there have been enough boxing movies recently. Just last year, we saw
    Creed and Southpaw – both critically acclaimed and featured significant
    screen time inside the ropes. Writer/director Ben Younger returns with
    his first movie since 2005 (Prime) and teams up with screenwriter
    Angelo Pizzo to present the ”based on a true story” of Rhode Island’s
    own Vinny Pazienza.

    Mr. Pizzo is known for his work on inspirational sports films like
    Hoosiers, Rudy, The Game of Their Lives, and My All-American; so the
    fascinating and true story of Paz is right in his wheelhouse. See, The
    Pazmanian Devil (his nickname) was a terrific fighter, and is even more
    famous for his medically-defying comeback after a horrific car
    accident. The doctors doubted he would ever walk again, and offered
    Vinny no hope at all of ever fighting again.

    Miles Teller (Whiplash, The Spectacular Now) plays Vinny Pazienza and
    obviously trained very hard to get in tip top shape. His boxing skills
    are well suited to the training sequences but must be creatively edited
    for the scenes in the ring. This is especially obvious when clips of
    the real Paz are inserted. Beyond that, Teller softens the overblown
    machismo of Pazienza and the boxing world. He captures the
    single-minded commitment of Pazienza, while making him a bit more
    likable than the real man came off in interviews.

    Aaron Eckhart is excellent as Pazienza’s (and Mike Tyson’s former)
    trainer, Kevin Rooney. It’s puzzling how Eckhart’s name ever came up
    for the role of a balding, pudgy, alcoholic who believes he’s been put
    out to pasture … but Eckhart and Teller together produce some wonderful
    scenes. Other support work comes from Ciaran Hinds and an underutilized
    Katey Sagal as Vinny’s dad and mom, and Ted Levine and Jordan Gelber as
    boxing promoters Lou and Dan Duva.

    The comeback was as improbable as it was inspirational, and the
    decision to go with the Halo (metal brace that screws into the skull)
    over the neck fusion surgery could easily be categorized as foolish
    rather than courageous. But much of the story revolves around the
    internal make-up and competitive drive that made Vinny the man and the
    boxer that we see.

    The film has more in common with The Fighter than either of the movies
    mentioned in the first paragraph, but it’s even more character study
    than boxing movie. This proud, driven, egotistical local from
    Providence held world titles at three different weight classes,
    refusing to be limited by the opinions of others. Rather than end with
    a classically Hollywood shot of victorious Paz celebrating in the ring,
    the film ends with an odd interview centered on his debate against the
    phrase ”it’s not that easy”. It’s a stance that makes us question
    whether he ever learned the lessons of gamble vs risk. Mostly though,
    we marvel and agree that he’s a guy who deserves to be on a box of

  • Anthony IessiNovember 19, 2016Reply

    A lightweight, with a heavyweight story.

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • steve beard ([email protected])November 19, 2016Reply

    Inspirational Boxing Film

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • clarkj-565-161336November 21, 2016Reply

    Faith & Persistence

    Based on a true story, Vinny Pazienza overcomes a terrible car accident
    to return to the sport he truly loves, Boxing. I was a bit hesitant to
    see this movie because of all the previous movies about fighters.
    However the director quickly immerses you into Vinny’s world and you
    are immediately hooked. What I liked most about the movie was how all
    the characters were so believable. The close family relationship, the
    mother’s ritual when all the relatives are glued to the tube, the
    family dinners, ornaments etc. Everyone has a lot of soul and
    individuality. Vinny’s determination is all important, but he has the
    affection and love from friends and family. Most of all he has his
    coach, portrayed by Aaron Eckhart. A man who is fighting is own demons
    of being a has been, wanting a winner, but also knowing that a coach
    must do what is best for those under his charge, regardless of what is
    best for him or others.

  • allen-phillips-530-444228November 21, 2016Reply

    Inspirational movie that leaves you thinking about what one can accomplish

    This movie was inspiring and pushes the boundaries of self help and how
    to accomplish what you want out of life. The movie is set in Providence
    Rhode Island in the 1980/90’s when Vinny fought. Both for his titles
    and for his life and career. This was a movie I would see again. To me
    it was reminiscent of Rocky training and the fight song that was used
    for many years after to inspire people. Perhaps that was what Vinny
    used to inspire him to succeed even after tragedy struck the young
    boxer. Although I Really enjoyed the movie and the plot line, I would
    most likely have named this movie something different… something that
    promotes the same inspiration as the movie.

  • RforFilmNovember 21, 2016Reply

    If your forgiving for the use of sports clichès, you’ll probably enjoy Bleed for This

    Shall we get into sports again? When people think about boxing movies,
    they usually either turn to the Rocky series or Raging Bull. People
    love the underdog story and the world of boxing seems to filled with
    tough guys that are looking to fight as a way of living. It’s something
    that I could never do, but if someone wants to take several punches to
    the face for money, then good for them. Living the boxing story is one
    thing, but to make a movie about them is something else.

    What makes boxing movies tough is that a lot of them tend to stick to
    the same story. They’re either about a guy who wants to box, or its
    about the boxer who had fallen from grace and want to get back up. How
    many times can you really tell that story? Sometimes, some of the
    biopics are filled with clichés as life itself has clichés. These
    elements are fine for an adaptation as long as the story can find a new
    way to use it. So when one boxer gets into a situation where is neck is
    broken and he manages to get back in the ring, how do you make that
    original? Lets see how Bleed for This does so.

    In the mid eighties, boxer Vinny Paz (played by Miles Teller) is an
    arrogant, but successful world champion in the lightweight division who
    always strives to be the best. Like a lot of people from the Northeast,
    he comes from an Italian family who has supported him through his
    career. Training him is Kevin Rooney (played by Aaron Eckhart) who
    seems to be going though his own problems of alcoholism. After
    defeating the world champion in the middleweight division, Vinny gets
    into a horrific car crash.

    When he wakes up, he finds his neck in a brace with his back in a
    straight position. His doctors inform him that he suffered a serious
    neck fracture and that he’s be lucky enough to walk again let alone
    fight. He’s sent home after they fit his skull with a halo brace,
    keeping his head straight and his neck upright. Against his doctors
    orders, he begins a workout regiment hoping that he’ll continue to
    fight after he’s healed. He even talks Kevin into being his trainer
    again. Unlike before, his family wants nothing to do with Vinny
    possibly killing himself.

    Is Bleed for This another cliché boxing story? Well…yea, but there are
    elements that do make it good on it’s own merit. I kind of feel bad as
    Vinny Paz’s story is extraordinary, but this had little way out of
    seeming a lot like a TV movie with it’s structure. A lot of the
    previews have made this mistake of skipping forward to show that he
    heals, though I think most people would have already assumed that. I
    kept thinking back to The Wrestler, which really put the odds against
    the athlete. Here, the stakes are present, but we’re not experiencing
    them (why couldn’t we see more of Vinny in the pain he’s suffering?).

    Now let’s get to the good stuff. Miles Teller is well casted as Vinny
    Paz who seems to match in looks and personality so much that the film
    plays real life footage of the boxer against the film. He may have had
    the tougher job, but the best performance goes to Aaron Eckhart, who I
    got a sense that he really understood his trainer character. We’ve seen
    the grizzled trainer before, but something about Eckhart’s delivery
    made him interesting. If your pretty forgiving of the fact this movie
    uses the sports cliché of the comeback, then you’ll probably like this

    I’ll give this six halo casts out of ten. For two hours, I felt like
    that I got an entertaining story. Whether you’ll do the same depends on
    how forgiving you are to seeing this story over again. Make your
    decision and see if its worth getting in the ring.

  • Dave McClain ([email protected])November 24, 2016Reply

    This is a terrifically acted and well-told true story, but it may give some contemplative Movie Fans pause.

    Movie Fans who are also fans of boxing movies know the formula well:
    There’s a young fighter who many people don’t believe in. He works hard
    and finally gets his chance to prove himself. He suffers a defeat,
    reevaluates, regroups, gets back in the ring and is victorious, even if
    that victory is simply a moral one. We love these movies because that
    story arc is familiar and relatable to anyone who has ever struggled to
    reach a big goal. And we Movie Fans can’t seem to get enough of these
    underdog / comeback stories – including those boxing movies – even if
    they have become almost too familiar. But then, just when we think
    we’ve seen it all before, along comes the biopic ”Bleed for This” (R,

    Miles Teller stars as Vinny Pazienza (who later changed his legal name
    to Vinny Paz), the Rhode Island fighter who became the IBF World
    Lightweight Champion in 1987. Paz (as most people call him) keeps
    winning fights, but he’s having more and more trouble making weight in
    his weight class and his pre-fight regimen leaves him dangerously
    dehydrated. When his manager, Lou Duva (Ted Levine) suggests that Paz
    retire, he refuses. Lou then sends him a new trainer, Kevin Rooney
    (Aaron Eckhart), an alcoholic has-been who once trained and then was
    fired by Mike Tyson. Paz and Kevin decide on the extreme change of
    bumping Paz up two weight classes. Angelo (Ciarán Hinds), Vinny’s
    father and cornerman, objects, but Paz comes out better than ever and
    wins another title – fighting as a Light Middleweight.

    Then, tragedy strikes. Paz is riding in a car with his sister’s fiancé
    when the two men get in a head-on collision with another car, breaking
    Paz’ neck. The doctor tells Paz that he may not walk again. Paz insists
    that he’s going to walk again – and fight again. His family and friends
    remain supportive, but everyone around Paz is sure that his boxing
    career is over. Paz, however, remains determined. Rather than allowing
    his doctor to fuse two vertebrae in his neck, Paz chooses to wear a
    metal halo to stabilize his neck as he heals. But long before the halo
    is scheduled to come off, Paz surreptitiously starts lifting weights in
    his basement. Paz soon lets Kevin in on his secret and convinces Kevin
    to start training him again in private, setting the stage for what many
    have called the greatest comeback in sports history.

    ”Bleed for This” is a great story that is well-written and
    well-directed (in both cases, by Ben Younger) and extraordinarily
    well-acted, but will leave some Movie Fans more conflicted than
    inspired. While rooting for Paz’ comeback, we can’t help but be
    distracted by the foolhardiness of the chances he took with his
    recovery, his long-term mobility and his life, even as he had so many
    people around him who loved him and would have been devastated if his
    stubbornness had cost him future quality of life, or, possibly life
    itself. Still, most people can respect Paz’ relentless pursuit of what
    he considered a worthy goal – and we can all relate when he answers an
    accusation from his trainer that he doesn’t know how to give up by
    saying, ”I know exactly how to give up. You know what scares me Kev? Is
    that it’s easy.” Questions about priorities aside, the main reason to
    watch this movie may be the acting. Teller brings his trademark all-in
    physical and emotional commitment to his role. As for the rest of the
    cast, except for some members of Vinny’s family, who are more annoying
    than engaging, several of the film’s supporting players are
    award-worthy, including Eckhart, Hinds, Levine and a nearly
    unrecognizable Katey Segal (Vinny’s mother), all of whom disappear into
    their roles, both physically (helped by some great hairstyling and
    make-up) and emotionally (giving terrific, lived-in performances). Be
    warned, however, that the pervasive adult language and frequent female
    nudity (not to mention the obvious violence) takes this one far away
    from ”family movie” territory. All things considered, on our movie
    judging scorecards, this remarkable story, supplemented by fantastic
    individual performances, result in a split decision coming down in
    favor of… seeing ”Bleed for This”. ”B+”

  • Edgar Allan PoohNovember 26, 2016Reply

    ”Pazienza does not look good; he’s bleeding from everywhere . . . ”

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • bankofmarquisNovember 27, 2016Reply

    Well acted, but drawn out

    I go to the movies nearly every week with a movie group.  This group of
    guys is notorious for checking out every sports movie that comes along,
    so when a film about Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza was announced, I
    knew that this would be on the docket.

    And, I’m glad it was, for the most part.

    BLEED FOR THIS tells the remarkable true story of a Boxing Champion
    who, after winning the championship, suffers a broken neck in an auto
    accident.  Doctors are concerned if he ‘ll ever walk again.  Pazienza
    is concerned with something else – will he ever fight again.  

    It’s an incredible story, one of true ”triumph of the human spirit”
    that was just waiting to be told on screen and with the intense Miles
    Teller in the lead role, this movie had the makings of something
    special.  Joining Teller with strong performances are Katy Segal (as
    his mother), the always good Ciaran Hinds (as his father) and my new
    favorite actor, Aaron Eckhart, off his strong supporting performance in
    SULLY , with another strong supporting performance as Pazienza’s
    trainer who sticks with him the whole way.

    With these ingredients sitting there, this film was poised to be very
    good and since it was written and directed by the same person – Ben
    Younger (Boiler Room) – it was going to have a very specific, personal

    And that’s where this movie falls short.

    Younger, I think, fell in love with his script and was duty-bound to
    put every word, every gesture, every thought on film – and this drags
    it down.  We are treated to long periods of Teller, as Pazienze,
    struggling, thinking and working out on his own.  Not the items that
    make for great drama and by the time we get to the climactic fight at
    the end of the film (name me a boxing movie that doesn’t have a
    climactic fight at the end of the film), I just didn’t care enough
    about the outcome to be excited, I just wanted it to be over.

    Overall, a ”good enough” time.  If you enjoy sports films – and
    especially if you like boxing films – then you’ll like this.  If you
    like fast action and stirring conflict, you might want to look

    6 (out of 10) stars and you can take that to the Bank (ofMarquis)

  • SteelBlossomNovember 29, 2016Reply

    Boxing Clever

    This my first IMDb review after years of reading them, upon leaving the
    cinema though I thought this deserved it. Full marks for this movie,
    Miles Teller for his performance but most of all for Vinny Paz (
    Pazienza ) who this biography is about.

    I saw this on a good size screen tonight with an enthusiastic audience,
    and we loved it. There were a lot of laughs throughout and a tension in
    the room, I really felt for this guy! Great performances from the whole
    cast and Miles Teller was on top form looking extremely buff. Nice to
    see Katey Segal looking fantastic as she always has . I wouldn’t want
    to spoil this for anyone who hasn’t seen it, although if you are a
    boxing fan you already know the story, just to say at the end of the
    film there was a round of applause, the Italians being the most vocal
    ha ha

    I only wish there had been more ~ now I want to watch all this boxer’s


  • HellmantDecember 2, 2016Reply

    If you love this type of movie, you’ll probably love it!

    ‘BLEED FOR THIS’: Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

    A boxing biopic, based on the life of Vinny Pazienza; a champion boxer
    that made one of the most amazing comebacks in the sport’s history,
    after barely surviving a near fatal car crash. The film stars Miles
    Teller, as Pazienza, and it costars Aaron Eckhart, Ciaran Hinds, Katey
    Sagal, Ted Levine and Jordan Gelber. It was directed by Ben Younger
    (who also helmed 2000’s ‘BOILER ROOM’); and it was written by Younger,
    Pippa Bianco and Angelo Pizzo (who also wrote such legendary sports
    American’). The film has received generally positive reviews from
    critics, but it bombed at the Box Office. I really enjoyed it.

    Vinny Pazienza (Teller) was a world champion boxer, in two different
    weight classes, that had already lasted in the sport way longer than
    most people ever expected him to; before he got into a near fatal car
    crash. The doctors told Vinny he might not ever even walk again, yet
    alone fight, but Vinny never gave up. This movie tells that story.
    Eckhart plays Vinny’s loyal trainer.

    I love boxing movies, especially the ‘ROCKY’ franchise, but the genre
    has produced a lot of mediocre ones as well; like ‘HANDS OF STONE’,
    from earlier this year (which focused on boxing legend Roberto Duran).
    It’s funny, because Duran turns out to be Pazienza’s main opponent; in
    the climax of this film. Duran was not a very likable guy though
    (according to that movie), Pazienza was (according to this movie); and
    Teller is impressive (yet again) in the role. The film is everything
    you’d expect from an inspirational crowd-pleasing boxing flick (and
    Angelo Pizzo even helped write the screenplay). If you love this type
    of movie, you’ll probably love it!

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  • cinesocialukDecember 2, 2016Reply

    Own the ring…and own the cliché

    I might thank this movie next week for getting my sorry, lazy a** from
    out of the cinema seat it has been hitherto wedged into most evenings
    and back into the gym, to give my (slightly) flabby form a good working

    For even a wimpy, non-sporty man such as I has had his head turned by
    boxing in this solid and strong pugilism picture.

    All movies have a tendency to cliché and perhaps they feel more obvious
    in sport film because I don’t like sports, so I don’t like sports film.

    Bleed For This appealed to me because, not only does director Ben
    Younger give the film an immediacy and alertness, but squares up to
    those clichés head on. Hew pays them due respect, a little lip-service,
    and then cracks on with the film at hand.

    4/5 stars. ’nuff said.

  • bkrauser-81-311064December 6, 2016Reply

    An Exercise in Pure Vanity

    2016 may just be the year of the dueling mediocre boxing bios. Earlier
    this year Hands of Stone (2016), the Roberto Duran story, slumped in
    and out of the box office like a welter weight’s sparring partner. Now
    it seems Bleed for This, a biography of Vinny Pazienza is about to do
    the same.

    To be fair, this story does have a tasty little twist. In the weeks
    after bouncing back from a losing streak, Providence’s local champion
    Vinny Pazienza (Teller) becomes a victim of a car accident that nearly
    ruins his career. The accident leaves his neck broken and spine nearly
    severed, requiring him to wear a steel halo for six months. Nearly
    everyone including his family, managers and coach tell him he’s done
    for. Yet Vinny feels with the right combination of determination, grit
    and moral support, he can have another chance in the ring.

    For all the positive messages that can be gleamed from this film, the
    failures of Bleed for This is encrusted right there in its DNA. The
    film starts by straining to make its hero likable going so far as to
    downplay or ignore any possible faults. He doesn’t drink, doesn’t lose
    his temper, doesn’t buckle under pressure, never gives up and only sees
    the best in people. Thirty minutes into the movie the only flaw Vinny
    seems to have is he stays up past his bedtime and splits his tens in

    The problem with a character so determined is there’s absolutely no
    risk. The character arc (if you can say there is one) is calcified; the
    audiences never surprised nor worried for our beleaguered hero. The
    unthinkable happens and Vinny’s prescription isn’t anything new just a
    concentrated dose of the exact same stick-to-itiveness that made him
    great in the first place.

    Miles Teller for all his charisma can’t help but exude smugness as our
    demigod protagonist. ”The scariest thing about giving up is it’s easy,”
    he says, with the authority of a bumper sticker. Indeed, nearly
    everything he says apes your average Tony Robbins symposium. Yet none
    of it is for his family, his friends or his coach Kevin (Eckhart) who
    is in sore need of a ”coming to God” moment. Nope, it’s all for him to
    keep himself motivated and doing what he claims is easy.

    For his work, Eckhart is completely unrecognizable in this film. Gone
    is the Grecian bod of your girlfriend’s hot dad – replaced instead with
    a receding hairline, a beer belly and a thick New England accent.
    Without really trying to Eckhart vastly improves nearly every scene
    he’s in and once he’s introduced, every time he’s not on screen there’s
    an Eckhart shaped hole in the firmament. Call this performance a dark
    horse contender for Best Supporting Actor, which could’ve gathered
    momentum if all of Kevin’s redemption scenes weren’t so obviously left
    on the cutting room floor.

    As it stands, Bleed for This is an effective motivational poster but
    not a very good movie. There’s little to root for and little tension
    other than the climactic bout between Pazianza and Duran. Yet even
    then, the film leans a bit too much on tired boxing film clichés to be
    memorable and doesn’t have the dimensionality of Hands of Stone to keep
    the audience riveted.

  • Guy JeffriesDecember 6, 2016Reply

    A not so glorious but incredible comeback story.

    Ben Younger has been rather quiet in recent years with a short
    directorial filmography, Boiler Room being one of my favourite films,
    that being released sixteen years ago. Younger writes, screenplays and
    directs this true story of one of the greatest comebacks in not just
    boxing history, but in the history of sport itself.

    Vinny Pazienza, now legally know as Vinny Paz was the IBF World
    Lightweight Champion and then later the WBA World Jr. Middleweight
    Champion but had to relinquish the championship belt due having his
    neck broken in a near fatal car accident being told by doctors that he
    may not walk again, let alone fight again.

    Miles Teller portrays Paz meticulously, giving yet another powerful
    performance possibly equal to his Whiplash, being undecided. He
    portrays the painful struggle back to recovery and beyond with the
    almost medieval Halo brace Paz had screwed into his skull for three
    months, yet this did not deter his training much to the protests of the
    doctors, family and friends.

    It’s got great performances from Aaron Eckhart, who plays legendary
    boxing trainer, Kevin Rooney, and Ciarán Hinds who plays his devoted
    father, going through the motions of glory to guilt, both having to
    deal with the decisions Paz makes which makes you question what you
    would do as friend or parent. Support him which could essential kill
    him? I think Eckhart is going for an Oscar nomination here.

    It’s well paced and focuses more on Paz himself as oppose to the fights
    that are very well choreographed and captured. There’s impressive
    editing especially empathising the pain of both surgery, recovery and
    the blows, actually make some parts of the film uncomfortable to watch.

    There’s a good, gentle score from Julia Holter that enforces the
    emotional strong of the story; and is accompanied by a selection of
    eighties classics with a few tracks from the eccentric Willis Earl Beal
    giving a moody bluesy mode to the film. Check out the track ”Too Dry To

    It’s great because, yes, it is a boxing movie, but it’s about getting
    back up, fighting the only real adversary of self doubt, especially
    when everyone, and I mean everyone from friends and family tell you no.
    Having the courage and determination to not accept defeat, or is it
    delusional to believe in yourself, knowing the risks. Either way, it
    makes a grand basis for an incredible story of the ultimate comeback.

    Running Time: 9 The Cast: 9 Performance: 9 Direction: 9 Story: 9
    Script: 8 Creativity: 8 Soundtrack: 8 Job Description: 8 The Extra
    Bonus Points: 0 Would I buy the Bluray?: Yes, going next to Cinderella
    Man and The Hurricane.

    77% 8/10

  • brankovranjkovicDecember 8, 2016Reply

    Bleed for This – The story of the most ambitious comeback in sporting history

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  • Kapten VideoJanuary 10, 2017Reply

    Never retreat, never surrender!

    Feeling the lack is the first step to greatness. If you’re fine with
    status quo you may never achieve something bigger. I’m pretty sure I
    have read something like this somewhere.

    At least it’s a fitting motto to „Bleed for This”, the sports movie
    about this real-life young boxing champ who broke his neck and still
    managed to get back in form and claim another world champion belt.

    More than that, Wikipedia says that he held it for over the next ten
    years. The guy’s called Vinny Paz and he’s 54 now, by the way.

    So yes, it’s another sports movie aiming „to the infinity and beyond”…
    but it doesn’t go all Hollywood on our asses and actually manages to be
    a really good indie watch, having both heart and balls.

    „Bleed for This” came out back in September and circled some festivals
    before reaching cinemas. The commercial success of the movie, sadly,
    hasn’t been worthy of its tough-as-nails hero. It pretty much came and
    disappeared without a splash and hasn’t gotten any award nominations
    either, big or small.

    Quite why the producers and distributors didn’t believe in the project
    enough to support it some, for Globes and Academy Awards campaign, at
    least, is beyond my comprehension. It’s a true underdog story, also a
    sports movie – who doesn’t like those, eh? – and also good movie in

    (Probably the post-Trumpian USA needs more unpretentious happy tales
    like „La La Land” which has just managed to pick 7 out of 7 Globes.)

    OK but what makes „Bleed for This” so great, then? Isn’t there enough
    underdog and sports movies, award-winning or otherwise?

    Well, I am glad you asked. In short, I like everything about it! The
    indie style, the atmosphere and feeling of the early 1990’s working
    class USA, the great group of starring actors, the hardhitting boxing,
    the screenplay…

    The result is not perfect – what is, anyway? – and one could nitpick
    about many things if wanted to.

    For example, the movie runs near two hours which is not exactly a short
    amount of time… but one does not get a good sense of Vinny Paz’s
    development as a champion sportsman, or even exactly how the recovery
    from the big accident went. Of course, it’s all explained in passing,
    but it doesn’t satisfy to the fullest.

    Maybe it’s just me because I enjoyed visiting Vinny’s world, family and
    environment so much that I left the cinema wanting more. „Bleed for
    This” is one of those rather uncommon sports movies that is not afraid
    to let characters and story breathe and develop enough to lure us in,
    to make us want really be there for the characters, not just flashy

    This kind of intimate connection to the movie mostly happens when its
    makers have strong personal connection with the whole thing too.

    Seeing that Ben Younger is the director and the sole writer, we can
    assume it was a personal project and he makes the most out of everybody
    on screen.

    The big name actors here are Miles Teller as Vinny Paz, Ciarán Hinds as
    his father (somehow I always confuse the guy with Alfred Molina) and
    Aaron Eckhart as his boxing trainer.

    All the others have given good performances too, but these three are
    really worth every penny the producers had to spend on them. Which was
    probably not too much because the budget was about 6 million US dollars
    and shooting lasted for only 24 days.

    They play it rough and raw, turning the characters into believable
    working-class heroes. Mark Wahlberg would have probably loved to be
    part of this experience. There are no showoff scenes so there’s not
    much to talk about it, only enjoy it. Feel it, live it, breathe it!

    I am especially happy about Aaron Eckhart choosing a worthwhile acting
    role again for a change. For most of the current decade, he has been
    doing boring commercial crap which is a world away from the works that
    made him known in the first place.

    Here he seems to channel a younger less fat version of James Gandolfini
    which is enough for me to wish him a Supporting Actor Oscar, or at
    least a nomination.

    And last but certainly not the least, „Bleed for This” cements Miles
    Teller’s position as one of the most promising young American movie
    actors of his generation.

    You almost remember him from big studio projects „Divergent” +
    „Insurgent” and 2015’s „Fantastic Four” but he has also starred in a
    row of cool indie-er movies such as „The Spectacular Now” and

    The former quirky cool guy has transformed himself for the never-
    surrender-type boxer role but manages to turn what on paper seems like
    a cartoon character into living breathing human being. He should also
    get nominated for Oscar.

    Ben Younger has previously only written and directed two feature length
    movies, 2000’s really good „Boiler Room” and 2005’s rather meh „Prime”.
    It’s nice to see him back with another success!

    ”Bleed for This” doesn’t offer a biggest amount of boxing I have seen
    in a boxing movie. But I just read from IMDb that Teller was trained by
    Darrell Foster, who has trained fighters like Sugar Ray Leonard and
    helped Will Smith become Muhammad Ali for 2001’s Ali.

  • Luukas Von LuukasJanuary 29, 2017Reply

    Bleed for Comeback

    This ain’t no ‘Rocky’ – like some other reviewer said. And I’m clad it
    ain’t no ‘Rocky’. ‘Bleed for This’ doesn’t offer anything new in the
    boxing genre, but it still stands as its own. The script is pretty
    basic and by the numbers, and mainly carried by the strong performances
    of the cast – especially Miles Teller who is just superb as Vinny Paz.
    It treats the viewers with some boxing movie clichés (at the moment I
    think there is no other way to make them), but they are not too obvious
    to ruin the experience. The real life story of Vinny Pazienza is
    incredible and in real life he’s much more colorful personality than it
    was depicted in the film (so were some other characters). In that
    department, the film played little safe. Of course it’s only a movie (a
    near good one), and it has to leave some room for fantasy and drama.
    Another thing I liked about the film is that it didn’t do much over
    dramatization like most of the based on true life films (and sporting
    films in general) tend to do. ‘Bleed for This’ isn’t the greatest film
    of the year or not even greatest boxing film, but it’s one of the best
    that has come out in recent years. I’m sure this film will gain more
    appreciation over time.

    Of course to me, who I’m little boxing enthusiast myself, I always get
    hyped for another boxing movie. ‘Bleed for This’ is quite well
    balanced, paced and acted sporting drama that is definitely worth
    giving shot at.

  • flatbushzombieswagFebruary 1, 2017Reply

    Motivation is key

    This is an excellent movie even for people that don’t really enjoy
    boxing. This movie goes way beyond the sport. It’s the mindset behind
    it that is portrayed. If you feel down and needs a heads up: this is
    the movie to watch!

    After this movie, ask yourself again, what are my goals? Once you
    figured that out, it is easy, just do it, and ace it and never look
    back just focus on your goal and never stop.

    I know it is easier said than done, there are going to be hurdles
    trying to stop you, but you just need to keep going.

    you are the star

  • AudioFileZFebruary 2, 2017Reply

    Does Justice To Truly Amazing Story

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  • rockman182February 2, 2017Reply

    Bleed for This (2016)

    The first thing that caught my attention in regards to this film was
    the promotion with Billy Squier’s ”The Stroke”. I generally tend to
    enjoy boxing movies despite not really liking sports films. Boxing
    films can often be formulaic, clichéd, or familiar but I really just
    enjoy a good underdog story with good boxing scenes. Even though I
    don’t follow the sport at all anymore (the transition to UFC/MMA has
    been a blessing), I still think boxing movies can be a lot of fun.

    Bleed For This is based on the true story of American Italian boxer
    Vinny Pazienza and his comeback from a near career ending spinal
    injury. I assume the film is pretty accurate as a biopic. Miles Teller
    as Paz starts off as an arrogant, brass, but dedicated boxer. At first
    he realizes the weight cut for his division was hard for him so he
    moves up two weight classes and takes on a champion (who also happens
    to be a favorite). Paz wins the title but shortly afterwards gets into
    a terrible car crash. From there the comeback story comes on.

    In terms of treading familiar ground, Bleed for This is full of boxing
    clichés and tropes that we have seen in many films before. Not that its
    a bad thing, if you can stomach it. Its a decent boxing tale and a
    comeback story for a determined boxer. Its not really something you are
    going to think about after its done. In fact, the film may exit your
    mind entirely afterwards. What it does offer is a dedicated performance
    from Miles Teller, and transformative appearances from both Ciaran
    Hinds and Aaron Eckhart. I had a hard time recognizing either. I don’t
    think I’ve really seen Christine Evangelista in much else but wow is
    she nice to look at.

    Overall, this film is exactly what you would expect. If you don’t watch
    it you aren’t missing anything. If you do watch it you will enjoy it
    for what it is even if the story has been told a million times. If you
    are like me (a film enthusiast who just has to watch everything) you
    will find a nice balance and really take the film for what it really
    is. And that is, a harmless sports film that looks to inspire and does
    enough to make a decent popcorn film.


  • MovieAddict2016February 4, 2017Reply

    Has its moments, but is miscast and desperately seeking Oscar

    Vinny ”Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza is a troublesome character to frame as
    a hero. He’s been through some disconcerting things in his private
    life, such as assault and allegations of domestic abuse. ”Bleed for
    This” portrays this aspect of Vinny’s life as a fun, good ol’ boy
    routine of fun romps to the strip club and passive gambling, with his
    beautiful girlfriend in tow. When she gives up on him halfway through
    the film, it’s not because of his abusive behavior – but rather,
    because she doesn’t love him enough to deal with his neck brace device
    and the fact that it’s restricting their love life. The movie
    effectively portrays her as the bad person.

    It is Hollywood, so of course there will be historical inaccuracies.
    But ”Bleed for This” desperately wants to be the next ”Raging Bull,”
    yet it doesn’t have the conviction or the guts to show the demons of
    Paz the way the latter film did for Jake LaMotta. You can’t try to turn
    a man of questionable moral fiber into Rocky Balboa and then also try
    to posit your film as a hard-hitting true story when omitting important

    Miles Teller has received waves of bad press in the last couple years.
    He was great in ”Whiplash,” but it seemed a bit of an in the right
    place at the right time casting decision. In most of his other films he
    has been smug and detached to a disadvantage. Ostensibly, this should
    work in ”Bleed for This,” highlighting Paz’s smarmy charm, but Teller
    just doesn’t have the acting or the physical chops to really drive the
    performance home. The movie doesn’t help this by frequently showing
    footage of the real Paz (e.g. at a late night TV show appearance), who
    was short, stocky, and menacing in stature. Teller, with his peach fuzz
    mustache and lanky build, never really comes across as doing anything
    more than posturing. Even for the film’s physical transformation
    scenes, he’s lacking – there’s a before-and-after drawn during Paz’s
    rehabilitation, not to mention a scene that highlights the fact that he
    has jumped up two entire weight classes… and yet Teller, often with
    his shirt off, consistently looks exactly the same, and never looks any
    more or less out of shape or any larger or smaller.

    Aaron Eckhart, shaving his head back and growing a paunch, is OK but
    not given much more to work with than the tired cliché of the boxing
    trainer. You know the character. Forest Whitaker just played him in
    Southpaw a couple years ago. Eckhart, like everyone else involved in
    the film, seems convinced that he’s in an awards-worthy role, but
    frankly the writing is never up to par, which makes his performance
    seem a little overzealous, like he’s trying a little too hard to
    solidify his Oscar chances.

    The best aspect of the film is its direction, by Ben Younger. The
    problem is that the script lets him down – after an interesting first
    45 minutes which takes its time setting up the characters, the pivotal
    car accident happens… and the movie kind of blows past Paz’s
    recovery. One minute doctors are telling him he might never even walk
    again, then he begins training…and suddenly he’s back in the boxing
    ring again. One gets the impression that there was probably a lot of
    content in the middle portion of the film that was left on the cutting
    room floor, possibly in an effort by the studio to bring a 2.5 hour
    film down to just under 2 hours. It feels rushed and sloppy.

    Overall this is a decent, sporadically interesting one-time viewing,
    but some of that interest derives from the miscalculation by so many
    involved (both behind the camera and in front of it). From the miscast
    lead role to the clunky screenplay to the questionable decision to turn
    Vinny into a hero figure, the movie has too much working against it to
    even consider itself in the same league as the great boxing movies it
    so desperately wants to emulate.

  • Tony Heck ([email protected])February 14, 2017Reply

    A very good sports movie that I recommend & enjoyed. More so probably because I didn’t know anything about the actual events

    ”I ain’t done yet. I got more in me.” Vinny Pazienza (Teller) is one of
    the world’s best boxers. He is a champion, but his arrogance causes him
    to stumble and is on the edge of losing it all. After being tossed away
    by everyone he finds a new trainer in Kevin Rooney (Eckhart). Soon they
    both become part of one of the greatest comebacks in sports history. I
    am a sucker for sports movies and I was looking forward to watching
    this one. I was not disappointed at all. The movie is more Hands of
    Stone than Rocky but that in no way is a bad thing. Teller is a great
    choice for this and since he is still relatively lesser known, and
    disguises himself so well in this he really becomes and is believable
    as Vinny. Much like Rocky the focus is on the boxer himself and not the
    boxing aspect. That also really helps you become invested in the
    character and movie. I knew nothing about this story before the movie
    so that also may have helped. The one thing Rocky did for sports
    movies, boxing movies in general, is really make you wonder what the
    outcome will be. That tiny aspect also really had an impact that helped
    the movie. Overall, a very very good sports movie that I recommend and
    enjoyed. More so probably because I didn’t know anything about the
    actual events. I give this a B+.

  • capone666February 15, 2017Reply

    The Vidiot Reviews…

    Bleed for This

    Boxing isn’t that dangerous; it’s the only sport you don’t need a
    jockstrap to play.

    In fact, the pugilist in this sports-drama wasn’t paralyzed anywhere
    near a ring.

    Vinny Paz (Miles Teller) is a junior welterweight who can’t make his
    division so his father (Ciarán Hinds) hires Tyson’s old trainer Kevin
    Rooney (Aaron Eckhart) to assist.

    While his father doesn’t approve of pushing his son into a new weight
    class, Vinny’s junior middleweight world championship changes all that.

    So, too, does the car accident that leaves him with a medical halo
    screwed into his skull. But even that’s isn’t enough to keep Vinny from
    the ring.

    The mediocre retelling of the amazing recovery that took the boxing
    community by surprise in the early nineties, this true story’s charm
    lies in its dedicated performances, not in its timeworn underdog
    prizefighter narrative.

    Anecdotally, the next weight class in boxing after heavyweight is sumo.

    Yellow Light

  • OneEightNine MediaFebruary 18, 2017Reply

    Lame Boxing Scenes almost Kills the Film.

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  • cyifly-2February 21, 2017Reply

    Good Movie… Just Not Realistic

    Bleed For This is a good movie. The acting in it is decent and the
    story is a great one to tell. When it was over, I thought, ”That was
    really quite good, but something was wrong.” The more I though about
    it, the more problems I had with it. And the biggest problem lied with
    the direction and casting.

    All the actors did a decent job doing what they were told to do.
    Everyone in the film are all good actors and did what they could with
    what they had. They problem was they didn’t have enough to work with. I
    have to blame the writer, director and makeup people for that.

    I was a Vinnie Paz fan back in the day and I never saw Miles Teller, or
    any of the other characters in the movie, really pull off their
    characters. Hollywood is really, really good at making actors look,
    talk and act like the people they are trying to portray in real life.
    Jaime Foxx looked and acted EXACTLY like Ray Charles. Charlize Theron
    looked and acted EXACTLY like Aileen Wuornos. No one looked or acted
    like any of the people they were portraying. Miles Teller didn’t look
    or act anything like Pazienza. Aaron Eckhart did a great job. But he
    didn’t look a bit like Kevin Rooney. I could not even tell who was
    playing Lou Duva, because no one even came close. It was obvious no one
    looked at any tape or studied any of the characters they were

    Vinnie was a 5’7”, stocky, brash, cocky, arrogant, flashy guy with a
    thick accent and bad attitude and difficult to like. Miles Teller is
    over 6 foot tall, lanky and showed none of the personal characteristics
    boxing fans loved to hate about Paz. They didn’t even cut Teller’s hair
    or give him the attitude to resemble him. He looked and acted nothing
    like him. Eckhart did well putting some character in the show, but was
    about 40 pounds shy of Rooney and looked nothing like him. When you are
    watching a biography story and no one looks or acts like they people
    the story is about, it makes it hard to pay attention to the story. I
    don’t blame the actors for any of this. I blame the writers, directors
    and make up people. They are the ones who are supposed to be paying
    attention to details like this. The actors look how the director wants
    them to and do what the director tells them to do. If the director
    wants a flashy personality out of his star character, he should tell
    him to do it. I think they went much more subdued to make the character
    more likable. And that is a shame.

    If you can get past that, the fantastic story makes the movie, overall,
    worth watching. In fact, if you never knew anything about the actual
    people in the movie, you would not notice my problems with it. It just
    seemed lazy to me and they could have done so much more to better
    represent the real people if they put some extra thought and heart into
    it and portrayed the characters more true to life.

  • subxerogravityFebruary 25, 2017Reply

    Excellent sports movie

    Based on a true story Miles Teller plays a boxer whose on top of the
    world until a car accident messes up his neck to the point were he
    can’t box, but he’s determine to get back in the ring.

    Bleed for this does everything that a good boxing movie should do, and
    has everything that a good boxing movie should have

    Except for boxing. I’ve seen boxing movies that have better sequences
    than this.

    But as a sports movie goes it’s pure dedication. The kind of movie that
    inspires you to over come all of your obstacles.

    And Miles Teller is pure magic in this film, along with Aaron Eckhart.

    One of the best comeback stories on celluloid.

  • lojitsuMarch 6, 2017Reply

    I never drank so much OJ in my life!

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  • Akhil BalachandranMarch 8, 2017Reply

    Inspirational movie!!!

    The film tells the true story of a boxer Vinny Pazienza. In 1988 he
    loses a match and his trainer suggests him to retire. Frustrated Vinny
    finds a new trainer, Kevin Rooney, who suggest him new techniques and
    as a result Vinny wins a title. It was all going well until he gets
    into a car accident that fractures his neck. Teller is one of the
    versatile actors of his generation and this time he comes up with a
    boxer character. He did a fine job in portraying the Vinny’s character.
    It’s not an outstanding performance from him like ‘Whiplash’ movie. The
    ring scenes were nicely shot and it was less intense when compared with
    other boxing movies. Younger’s direction was solid, especially the
    second half. Overall, it’s a nice inspirational movie and please don’t
    expect a Rocky type movie from this small flick.

  • cruise01March 15, 2017Reply

    A triumphant story on Vinny. But the film is slightly dull.

    Bleed for This a sports drama based on the champion boxer Vinny
    Pazienza and the accident that almost left him paralyzed. It does not
    stop him on the road to recovery in training to get back into the
    boxing ring. These films are suppose to make you feel a little
    inspirational seeing real life situations happening to real people. The
    film does show very little for the inspiration.

    Vinny (Miles Teller) is a cocky boxer, who rigs his body weight to meet
    the requirements. After the car accident, that leaves him wearing a
    halo ring on his neck for six months to recover. And the doctors
    telling him he is unable to ever go back in the ring. He spends his
    day, eating junk food, watching day time TV, going to strip clubs, and
    hanging out with his personal trainer Kevin (Aaron Eckhart). Vinny
    decides that he needs to work harder to train himself to get back into
    the ring against the doctors wishes.

    The positive things about Bleed for This is it tries to have a fun
    sense of 1980s direction with the music soundtrack. Also, the
    inspirational true story about a boxer never letting a severe injury
    from stopping him to doing what he is inspired to do. The climax of the
    boxing match as Vinny is risking himself from severing his spinal cord
    from a single bad throw that can paralyze him was cringe worthy. Also,
    Miles Teller did a great job in portraying Vinny Pazienza. Aaron
    Eckhart playing a balding out of shape trainer was also good.

    The negative thing about the film besides knowing how the turn out and
    what will happen to the character ends. I felt like the direction could
    have been a little stronger with its inspirational tone. The film does
    so well in trying to have a fun 80s tone, or delivering great
    performances with the cast. To make you feel for the moment and making
    it memorable unlike the others does not have much going for the movie.
    It can get pretty slow in the middle of the film until Vinny tries to
    lift weights while recovering. The music score Julia Holter does so
    little in making a memorable score besides having a couple of beat down
    80s song.

    Overall, Bleed for This is a fair sports drama film that has good
    talent, and an inspired concept but does so little with trying so hard
    on making the movie emotional. The hard recovery the boxer went through
    will be inspired as a strong motivation but the film sadly will easily
    be forgotten. I will rate the film 3 out of 5 stars.

  • lavatchMarch 21, 2017Reply

    ”It’s Not That Simple”

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  • Larry SilversteinMarch 25, 2017Reply

    Well Presented

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  • kz917-1April 1, 2017Reply

    Fantastic True Comeback Story

    Wow! Miles Teller is phenomenal in this story of a boxer that is in a
    horrific car accident that breaks his neck and then surpasses all odds
    to mount a comeback and fight in the ring once more. It is baffling
    that this is a true story and I had not heard hide nor hare of before
    seeing this movie. Aaron Eckhart and Katey Sagal are practically
    unrecognizable. All of the actors throw themselves into their roles
    with abandon. Fantastic truly fantastic. Engaging and enjoyable
    watching this film.

  • v-leyApril 1, 2017Reply

    Could’ve been great

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • Kirk BageApril 3, 2017Reply

    Punching above its weight.

    There is nothing very groundbreaking about the style or narrative arc
    of this wee gem; there have been more realistic and more intense boxing
    scenes over the years, more emotional ones too, but where Bleed For
    This wins is in the casting and the superb performances from Miles
    Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Ciaran Hinds, all doing incredible character
    work, with hair second only to anything in American Hustle.

    Directed with a fondness for the late 80s and a good eye for detail, we
    come to care about this story purely because Miles Teller makes us care
    – real, energetic and unsentimental, he takes us on the journey with
    him every step and every punch. That it is all very predictable and
    mostly lacking in tension in the ring doesn’t stop it being a powerful
    film, just because the relationships are so well drawn.

    No Warrior. No Rocky, even. But a decent small story remarkable in its

  • Gordon-11April 7, 2017Reply

    It’s alright

    This film tells the story of an American boxer, who has a bright future
    ahead of him. Unfortunately, he is almost killed in a traffic accident,
    squashing his dreams to continue boxing. He refuses to accept his fate,
    continues to train and make a spectacular comeback

    Our hero in the film doesn’t give up, working hard against all odds and
    then achieve the seemingly impossible. This is guaranteed to be an
    inspiring story, but strangely enough I don’t feel the passion and
    emotions that I thought I would feel. The fight scenes don’t seem
    intense enough either. Fortunately, the production is good, and Aaron
    Eckhart is almost unrecognisable as the boxing coach, which makes him
    even more convincing.

  • Reno RanganMay 24, 2017Reply

    Born again to reach the sky.

    I definitely did not expect it. It’s a biographical-sport-drama, that
    tells an inspiring story of a talented young American boxer who faced
    the biggest setback in his career after met with a car crash. The
    remaining parts focused on how he struggles to come back, while
    recovering from the serious injury.

    The biggest advantage was the cast. I particularly liked Miles Teller
    in the lead role. His recent rise in the Hollywood was phenomenal and
    this one is his another must watch film. Even the supporting cast and
    roles were awesome. If you are a boxing/sports film fan, you will love
    it. But there is sufficient drama in the tale to build an impressive

    Feels like it is under-appreciated, and being a Hollywood film, the
    recognition was too poor. In the coming days, years, it will reach the
    largest audience coverage. From this film, the director is the one who
    gained big. Surely he should make use of its success to his next films.
    Because I’ll be expecting much better and bigger than this. This film
    is one of the best of the years, so don’t miss it.


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