Chicago Tribune: Arcel guided the hands of stone of Duran to world titles and toward the champ's best, most effective boxing instincts. De Niro and top-billed Ramirez do well with a bantamweight script. It's a strange picture structurally. Duran has to fight for a fair share his own life story. We see Arcel's dealings with the mob (John Turturro dines out on a couple of scenes as promoter and underworld killer Frankie Carbo); his estranged and then reunited daughter (Drena De Niro, Robert's daughter); and his loyal, understanding wife (Ellen Barkin, waiting for worthy scenes that never arrive).