NY Times Pans Cinderella Man
Sounds like it will be a blockbuster
. Get the sneering tone:Like Gary Ross's "Seabiscuit," the legend of the little Depression-era horse that could, "Cinderella Man" is a shamefully ingratiating old-fashioned weepie. To his credit, Mr. Howard does not wave the flag as vigorously as Mr. Ross, though the new film's tagline ("When America was on its knees, he brought us to our feet") prepares you for the worst. In any event, given that Mr. Howard and his writers would be hard-pressed to bend this underdog narrative to our current political nightmare, it's a good thing they don't venture down that path.
Well, thank goodness for that! It's not hard to see that this movie's going to get the "Passion of the Christ" treatment from the liberal press.