The Guardian: Using brute screenwriting force, Hands of Stone creates a parallel story between Durán (Édgar Ramírez, doing the best he can) and his coach, Ray Arcel (De Niro, phoning it in). By the time the two meet, after a Madison Square Garden fight, Durán is already on the rise. He is a natural fighter, but lacks discipline. His power stems from his rage, much of it anti-American. Can he learn to swallow his pride and work with this septuagenarian gringo?