Clint's World

THE TROUBLE WITH ‘MILLION DOLLAR BABY'

Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby, which won the Academy Award for best picture this year, has also been praised by the nation’s film critics. A. O. Scott of the New York Times called it a “work of utter mastery” and Roger Ebert dubbed it the best movie of the year long before Oscar did. Some viewers, however, have found the film quite troubling. They objected to the ending, in which (spoiler alert) the boxing trainer played by Clint...

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Maurice Timothy Reidy is a former associate editor of Commonweal.