7.2/10
7,625
44 user 104 critic

Stronger (2017)

Trailer
2:29 | Trailer
Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay by), (based on the book "Stronger" by) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
37 ( 371)
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mother! (2017)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris
Detroit (2017)
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Stars: John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith
American Made (2017)
Action | Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair.

Director: Doug Liman
Stars: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright
Dunkirk (2017)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Stars: Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Beau Bridges
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Alicia Silverstone
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In 2008, rookie journalist Jay Bahadur forms a half-baked plan to embed himself among the pirates of Somalia. He ultimately succeeds in providing the first close-up look into who these men ... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Buckley
Stars: Al Pacino, Evan Peters, Melanie Griffith
Thelma (2017)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A confused religious girl tries to deny her feelings for a female friend who's in love with her. This causes her suppressed subconsciously-controlled psychokinetic powers to reemerge as seizures with devastating results.

Director: Joachim Trier
Stars: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman's journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Stars: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong
The Party I (2017)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Janet hosts a party to celebrate her new promotion, but once the guests arrive it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as the red wine.

Director: Sally Potter
Stars: Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones
Yosemite (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

It's the fall of 1985. The intertwining tales of three 5th grade friends, Chris, Joe and Ted, unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto, as the threat of a mountain lion looms over the community.

Director: Gabrielle Demeestere
Stars: James Franco, Everett Meckler, Alec Mansky
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Sully
...
...
Uncle Bob
...
Aunt Jenn (as Patricia O'Neil)
...
Big Jeff
...
Aunt Karen (as Katherine Fitzgerald)
...
Kevin
...
Gail Hurley
...
...
Jill Hurley
...
Bill Hurley
Karen Scalia ...
Lori Hurley
Edit

Storyline

Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Strength Defines Us

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, some graphic injury images, and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 September 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Más fuerte que el destino  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,611,899, 24 September 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,211,129, 30 November 2017
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jake Gyllenhaal's eyes are blue in real life, however, in the movie they are dark brown. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Bauman: I'm a hero for just standing there and getting my legs blown off?
See more »

Connections

Featured in Conan: Jake Gyllenhaal/Max Brooks/Rostam (2017) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Boston Strong
24 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

It's unfair to compare Stronger to Patriots Day, since they are entirely different features, but they will inevitably be pitted against each other in terms of quality. Luckily, both films are fantastic and present two completely different sides of the story, therefore both are worthy of being made. I was certainly moved to tears more than once in Patriots Day, but there's something truly special about Stronger. Quiet but powerful, Stronger keeps its focus on one unbelievable story without forgetting the importance of everyone banning together in Boston following the terrorist attack at the 2013 marathon.

It all starts with Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany's chemistry together as Jeff Bauman and Erin Hurley, a couple severely impacted by the bombing. Jeff, learning how to walk again after having his legs blown off, became a symbol of hope for the city of Boston, and quite frankly still is. Where Patriots Day focused solely on the bombing and bombers, Stronger keeps its focus on what an event like this can do to an already trying relationship. Their relationship is the heart and soul of the film, and Maslany and Gyllenhaal do a phenomenal job of making their chemistry feel real and grounded with earned emotion. I can't tell you how many times I felt overwhelmed with emotion just watching these actors work through their scenes together.

The entire film is grounded with that emotion, though. And several performances are worthy of Oscar nominations. I personally think Gyllenhaal and Maslany should be locks, but Miranda Richardson made a strong case for the supporting category playing Bauman's mother, Patty. These actors were the sole reason that I feel Stronger transcended the typical bio-drama in every sense. I love the quiet sense of dramatic weight that Stronger had. It doesn't show a ton of blood or trauma from the bombing, nor do we get extended close-ups of Gyllenhaal's loss of legs. Instead, director David Gordon Green ops to have his actors give the audience plenty of emotion through their words and facial expressions.

Stronger is a remarkably moving experience. It's really a personal romance that transcends into something that makes a whole generation inspired. Watch out for this one, it will be a sleeper pick come Oscar season, hopefully.

9.6/10


15 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 44 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page