Review: Co-star Bale rules in Wahlberg's 'Fighter'

In this publicity image released by Paramount Pictures, Christian Bale, and Mark Wahlberg, right, are shown in a scene from, "The Fighter." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Jojo Whilden)

December 7, 2010 6:37:39 AM PST
Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale's "The Fighter" is a punch-drunk tale whose fitful ramble from Jerry Springer-style family seaminess to "Rocky"-like triumph is elevated enormously by knockout performances.