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Beyond the Mat Reviews

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 23, 2007
Robert Koehler
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A gently and genuinely observed film whose subject is a garish, artificial display of mayhem.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 23, 2007

Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Entertaining and twisted.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

March 19, 2002
Jan Stuart
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Blaustein's documentary about championship wrestling is as voyeuristic, artificial and perversely compelling as the sport itself.

January 1, 2000
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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Beyond the Mat wants to blend thrills and pathos, getting at the many sides of what is, as Mr. Blau stein describes it, a carny act. The problem is that he doesn't articulate any of his own thoughts beyond a few slight asides.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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Beyond the Mat is crazily entertaining.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Blaustein suggests wrestling's appeal -- as a kind of primal spectacle closer to parades and pageants than any accepted form of sport -- without wondering at all why he finds it compelling.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 1, 2000
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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Beyond the Mat transcends its subject, pro wrestling, to become a wrenching, sobering, emotional glimpse at the lives of some men trapped by the aging process.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

January 1, 2000
Robert Horton
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The rampant hucksterism of big-time wrestling is in a long American tradition, and Beyond the Mat is a very smart first step in opening the subject up to clearer view.

January 1, 2000
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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Beyond the Mat does what the wrestling game, with its manufactured personas, doesn't. It stays with the wrestlers until we start seeing them as people.

January 1, 2000
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Friendly, soft-hitting documentary.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

January 1, 2000
Ken Hoffman
Houston Chronicle
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Beyond the Mat takes all the fun out of the insanity that is wrestling.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

January 1, 2000
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Funny and touching documentary.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It has a hypnotic quality.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The wrestlers are cannier than Blaustein probably gives them credit for; they seem to be offering up their backstage lives to him in ways that mimic the soppiest of melodramas, and he falls for it.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

January 1, 2000
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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It's the most entertaining look at its world since Pumping Iron took on body-building.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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So tired and dated.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

January 1, 2000
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It grabs professional wrestling by the throat and rarely lets go.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 1, 2000
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