Bounce - Behind the Velvet Rope Reviews

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
December 9, 2001

Bouncing here doesn't look like fun, but the film is.

Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
Top Critic
September 7, 2001

Much of the resulting material is very funny, though there are a few times when the filmmakers patronize or mock their subjects in a way that makes you uncomfortable.

| Original Score: 2.5/4
Dave White
IFilm
September 6, 2001

In spite of that condescension, it's still fascinating to watch these men keep the disco peace.

Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic
September 6, 2001

A compelling examination of masculinity and machismo.

Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
September 26, 2004

Self-important knuckleheads bloviate on club life. Though docs are reknown as tools to create empathy, Bounce merely confirms the worst prejudices of its audience.

Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
September 8, 2001

After about half an hour, looking at wounds and comparing workout rituals gets a bit tedious.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 7, 2001

Demonstrates that bouncers are indeed beefy bullies who get their kicks roughing up people in the guise of providing 'security' at night spots.

Dave Kehr
New York Times
Top Critic
September 7, 2001

[A] casually shot and loosely assembled film.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Amy Taubin
Village Voice
Top Critic
September 4, 2001

Mindless, shoddy.

Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 22, 2001

Bounce will strike a nerve for those whose less-than-graceful attitudes have prevented them from getting inside a club.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Koehler
Variety
Top Critic
March 26, 2009

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