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'Stronger' is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 who helped the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma.
Author Review
United StatesUnited States M
Andrew Barker
"Jake Gyllenhaal is superb in David Gordon Green's moving Boston Marathon bombing drama (...) [It] is a movie that just works"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Deborah Young
The Hollywood Reporter
"Solid, straightforward and touching (...) Perhaps the most striking thing about David Gordon Green’s 'Stronger' is how it refuses to turn its subject into a hero or even a small-time symbol of courage"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Kate Erbland
"Bolstered by sterling turns from stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, and Miranda Richardson, the film is a showcase for what Green has always been able to do so well"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Benjamin Lee
The Guardian
"[The story] is told with detail and care in a film that works hard at avoiding cliche (...) There’s an effective sense of small-scale intimacy throughout (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
"A serviceable, but unremarkable drama (...) While the drama (...) features respectable performances by its two leads (...) its facelessness feels like more of a work-for-hire effort."  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
"'Stronger' is strongest when letting Jake Gyllenhaal play up the human flaws of a famous survivor (...) The film takes care to depict the difficulties of adjusting to life with ambulatory disability"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"[It] doesn't sugarcoat the man's story – and that makes all the difference (...) Kudos to a brilliant, hilariously unexpected performance from Jake Gyllenhaal (…) Rating: ★★★½ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
E. Oliver Whitney
Screen Crush
"'Stronger' isn’t a manipulative tearjerker that turns real people into caricatures; instead, Green’s film is a much more genuine portrait of tragedy and survival."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Steve Pond
The Wrap
"Aided immeasurably by standout performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany and by Green’s decision to downplay the inspiration whenever possible."  POS
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