YMMV / The Fighter

  • Award Snub: Persons were disappointed with the exclusion of a Oscar nomination for Mark Walhberg. The Real Life Micky Ward even called him to apologize, saying that if he had just been a little crazier, the part would have gotten Wahlberg more attention.
    • Wahlberg did receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture though, as he served as one of the film's producers.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Seriously, Dicky is the most charismatic drug addict ever to grace the silver screen.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Dicky goes to his drug-friends, and, without words, basically tells them they're never gonna see him again, then he goes to Charlene's house and basically tells her, "You're not that much better than me, but my brother loves you, and that's what's important."
  • He Really Can Act: Played with—no one doubted Amy Adams's talents as an actress, per se; it's just that prior to this movie, there was a slight risk of her being type-casted as The Cutie Nice Girl. This film opened Hollywood's eyes to how wide her range really was.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Micky constantly suffers from abuse from his family and when he finds happiness in Charlene, his family tries to take that away from him. Eventually, he makes it out okay.
    • Dicky is selfish, incredibly unreliable, and seems not to give a damn about anything but himself. But he is so beaten down by his own faded dreams of glory and his self-hatred at what he has become its difficult not to feel for him.
  • Memetic Mutation: NAWT YOU!
  • Moment of Awesome: Don't call Charlene a skank. Just...don't.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Dicky's plan to get money.
    • Sherri (Micky's ex-wife) having Kasie watch the documentary just to show her what a wreck her uncle has become. Compare this to Alice not wanting Dicky's son to watch the documentary.
  • Narm / Narm Charm: NOT YOU! NAWT YOU!