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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
October 14, 2010
WWF documentary is OK for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
January 3, 2010
Am engrossing watch, but it's far from the most fascinating and incisive look at its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Richard Luck
July 31, 2008
Blaustein, Foley and Funk layeth the smack well and truly down.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
March 23, 2007
Documentaries are almost always more interesting if the filmmakers fess up about their relationship to the subject, as unabashed pro-wrestling fan Barry Blaustein does in this naively made, compelling homage to the sport.
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Robert Koehler
March 23, 2007
A gently and genuinely observed film whose subject is a garish, artificial display of mayhem.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
We tour the All-Pro Wrestling School in California and Philadelphia's fearsome Extreme Championships, but it's the studies Blaustein makes of several wrestlers that root the film.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
A very good film that both wrestling fans and non-wrestling fans will enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Barry Blaustein takes a long, hard look at pro wrestling and, while not making me a newborn fan of the sport, he taught me the intensity and sacrifice of those who enter the ring.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
A hilarious and heartbreaking documentary.
| Original Score: 4/4
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Surprisingly riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fiona Morrow
Sight and Sound
December 3, 2002
Unfortunately Blaustein isn't an experienced enough film-maker to make much of such material.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 28, 2002 easygoing, straightforward film without too many surprises
Full Review| Original Score: B-
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 21, 2002
turns out to be less interested in the cartoonish brutality of pro wrestling than it is with the lives of the people who make their living in the ring.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Entertaining and twisted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tom Block
September 18, 2001
Blaustein and his film have at least put a human face on those monstrous countenances that snarl out from our television sets on Saturday afternoons.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 24, 2001
The real meat of the movie comes in the many intimate moments that Blaustein's camera catches.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dan Fazio
January 1, 2000
This film's grizzled exterior masks a sensitive, family-oriented personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Susan Granger
January 1, 2000
It may be more than you ever wanted to know about the subject of professional wrestling.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
January 1, 2000
This is a first-rate documentary, and one of the few which is worth going to the theater for.
| Original Score: 9/10
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
Funny and touching documentary.
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