All the acclaim you’ve heard about "Million Dollar Baby" is earned. They don’t make movies like this anymore. Maybe they never did. Clint Eastwood the Director doesn’t make bubbly, generic movies, thank goodness. In "Million Dollar Baby," he gives us an intense character study that is alternately breathtaking and utterly devastating.
Clint Eastwood the Actor, along with Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman, each give us career-best performances. I saw Swank in "Boys Don’t Cry" last month, for which she won the Oscar (tm) for Best Actress. In "Million Dollar Baby," she blows that performance away. I saw over 100 movies in the theater in the past year and "Million Dollar Baby" is the best one.