Bigger, Stronger, Faster* Reviews

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 26, 2008
It's an interesting story and is well-told for the most part.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
June 23, 2008
A lively and incisive look into the nation's growing preoccupation with pumped-up superlatives.
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
June 20, 2008
To me, honesty like that is what heroes are made of.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
June 20, 2008
[A] charming and eye-opening film.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 20, 2008
Unexpectedly funny [and] sometimes angry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 19, 2008
An interesting and eye-opening journey.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
June 14, 2008
But in the end I think Bell is not so much pro-steroids but rather eager to open up a debate about the drug. He doesn't pretend to have answers but he's full of questions.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 13, 2008
Smart, touching and enlightening, a combination that makes Bigger, Stronger, Faster the best documentary of the year so far.
Full Review | Original Score: a-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 13, 2008
By making this journey personal, a powerful vulnerability permeates the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
June 13, 2008
...if anyone wants to have a serious discussion about the entire supplement situation, this excellent film is a good place to start.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Stephen Silver
The Trend
June 11, 2008
"It's hard to dislike any movie that begins with footage of Hulk Hogan defeating the Iron Sheik in 1984, although knowing how closely Vince McMahon guards the WWE's tape library, I don't know how Bell got permission to use the footage in the film."
| Original Score: 4/5
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David Ansen
Newsweek
June 9, 2008
It'll shake up your beliefs not just about steroids but about competition, hypocrisy, body obsession and American notions of masculinity.
Christian Toto
Washington Times
June 8, 2008
Bigger, Stronger, Faster* tackles the steroids debate in ways audiences won't see coming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 6, 2008
It transcends its subject matter to ask provocative, disturbing questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
June 6, 2008
Bell posits that their disillusionment is a side effect of being American and he may well be right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Schilling
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 6, 2008
Bigger, Stronger, Faster* is that rare film that truly challenges its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 6, 2008
A hugely entertaining personal documentary about what steroids mean to American pop culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
June 6, 2008
Bigger, Stronger, Faster* may prove to be more than just a good time at the movies; it could be another Super Size Me ... only bigger. Muscle, after all, weighs more than fat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 6, 2008
This movie is remarkable in that it seems to be interested only in facts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 6, 2008
Subverts expectations by being not only complex but surprisingly engaging even as it raises serious questions.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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