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Stronger

  • Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson
  • Director: David Gordon Green
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 116 min.

Stronger is the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become the symbol of hope following the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Jeff (Jake Gyllenhaal), a 27-year-old, working-class Boston man who was at the marathon to try and win back his ex-girlfriend Erin (Tatiana Maslany). Waiting for her at the finish line when the blast occurs, he loses both his legs in the attack. After regaining consciousness in the hospital, Jeff is able to help law enforcement identify one of the bombers, but his own battle has just begun. He tackles months of physical and emotional rehabilitation with the unwavering support of Erin and his family. It is Jeff’s deeply personal account of the heroic journey that tests a family’s bond, defines a community’s pride and inspires his inner courage to overcome devastating adversity.

"There’s a raw, tangible humanity to nearly every scene that sets the film gratifyingly apart. "
- Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
"It’s terrific. This was something of a surprise, as it seems almost impossible to tell this kind of story without a treacly narrative and clichéd notes of inspiration — against-all-odds kind of stuff, which so easily slips into melodrama."
- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Stronger is a movie you need to see, no matter how much you think you don’t need to see it."
- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The fact-based Stronger is an inspiring tale of reconciliation and reinvention that sidesteps sentimentality to get to emotional truth."
- Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Solid, straightforward and touching."
- Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
"Stronger complicates the notion of the public hero in its heartfelt telling of Boston marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman's story, with terrific performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany. "
- Darren Ruecker, We Got This Covered
"It's a film about heroes and what we require from them, and why that often leads to wounds that may never heal. For Gyllenhaal, that amounts to a riveting and raw performance that never hits a false note."
- Kate Erbland, Indiewire
"Stronger transcends your standard inspirational drama mostly through two fantastic performances, but also in the way it understands that trauma isn't inspirational to the people who suffer it."
- Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
"Green looks for small but meaningful ways to complicate and deepen the well-trod story he's telling, and by the end, those complications help the film earn its uplift."
- Andrew Barker, Variety

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