I'm a sucker for these survival stories that show the best side of man's humanity, and Gyllenhaal makes this one a stronger achievement than most.
This isn't the positive movie many will want, but it's something better: a window into post-traumatic stress and exploded identity.
Jake Gyllenhaal is often better than the movies he appears in, and this is true once again in "Stronger,"...
Kudos to a brilliant, hilariously unexpected performance from Jake Gyllenhaal in a powerhouse biopic about Boston bombing victim Jeff Bauman that doesn't sugarcoat the man's story - and that makes all the difference
It goes so overboard on humanizing Bauman, it actually diminishes him. With such a barely-there hero, we start looking around for other people to become interested in.
Jake Gyllenhaal's portrayal of the painful and frightening struggle to recover and get his life back feels jarringly real.
"Stronger" is tough and hard and ultimately resilient, just like the story it's telling.
Tatiana Maslany, known for playing multiple roles in the cult TV series Orphan Black, invests Erin with a wealth of complexity in playing a character who wants desperately to do the right thing but who is pushed to the breaking point.
There's a raw, tangible humanity to nearly every scene that sets the film gratifyingly apart. Jeff might not fit into anyone's glossy front-page idea of hero, but you never doubt for a moment that he's real.