~Fantastic performances all the way around.
~Weaves its emotional Great Depression story and underdog boxing tale together very well.
~Brings a sense of perspective to the time period without belaboring.
~Braddock's character is a great underdog. easy to root for.
~Quick cuts and smooth transitions allow for fight scenes to be as engaging as possible.
~More emotionally impactful when it allows the story/characters to drive the drama than when it actually tries to make the audience feel.