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Bruised (2021)

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Critic Consensus: Bruised isn't as hard-hitting as its title might suggest, but Halle Berry impresses on either side of the camera in her directorial debut.

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Jackie Justice (Halle Berry) is a mixed martial arts fighter who leaves the sport in disgrace. Down on her luck and simmering with rage and regret years after her fight, she's coaxed into a brutal underground fight by her manager and boyfriend Desi (Adan Canto) and grabs the attention of a fight league promoter (Shamier Anderson) who promises Jackie a life back in the octagon. But the road to redemption becomes unexpectedly personal when Manny (Danny Boyd, Jr.) -- the son she gave up as an infant -- shows up at her doorstep. BRUISED marks the directorial debut of Academy Award winner Halle Berry and also stars Adriane Lenox, Sheila Atim, Valentina Shevchenko, and Stephen McKinley Henderson in a triumphant story of a fighter who reclaims her power, in and out of the ring, when everyone has counted her out.

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All Critics (89) | Top Critics (26)

Halle Berry shows real filmmaking talent, but there's too much going on throughout the movie, when the story demands a more consistently minimalist treatment.

December 31, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Kick butt, break rules, and direct your first feature after 50? Maybe Berry could be the next Bond.

December 3, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The end is fairly predictable. The way it gets there is decidedly not.

December 3, 2021 | Full Review…

Berry's skills behind the camera are a work in progress. In front of the lens, she is a virtuoso.

December 2, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A film that uses the predictable beats of a fighter's comeback to create a showcase for hard-hitting performances.

December 1, 2021 | Full Review…

I hate to say this, but it feels like a real vanity project from [Halle Berry].

November 30, 2021 | Full Review…

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