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Boxing Gym

Boxing Gym (2010)



Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 2

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Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman (Missile, Domestic Violence) profiles Lord's Gym in Austin, TX, offering viewers a glimpse into the lives of both its owner -- former professional boxer Richard Lord -- and the eclectic mix of people who come to train at the gym on a regular basis. From aspiring heavyweights to casual pugilists, everyone is welcome at Lord's Gym, and its easygoing owner is always happy to offer some helpful tips to live by. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


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Graceful and quietly inspiring.

February 4, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Even with no traditional narrative, there are wonderful discoveries to be made in Wiseman's film, which is a nice complement to the experienced director's ballet-themed last feature, "La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet."

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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I find Wiseman's anti-narrative vow of chastity off-putting; I like a story with my pictures.

December 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Don't go to Boxing Gym expecting pugilistic melodrama about long-shot underdogs. There's not an ounce of fat or cliché in Frederick Wiseman's new documentary.

November 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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For legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman to follow La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet with a film set in a down-market Texas boxing gym seems unlikely -- until you see Boxing Gym, and how it and its subjects dance.

November 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Frederick Wiseman must drive certain nonfiction filmmakers crazy. He makes it look too easy.

November 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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In a year filled with angry, sociopolitical documentaries, it's my favorite.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Proves once and for all that documentary heavyweight Frederick Wiseman's mesmerizing fly-on-the-wall filmmaking style -- in addition to being endlessly compelling -- is also infinitely adaptable.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

Of a piece with Wiseman's filmmaking philosophy, and fits snugly into the whole of his work, even's a relatively minor example of it, at least in terms of length.

November 18, 2010 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

The soundscape, too, is endlessly fascinating, a layer cake of squeaks, grunts, gasps, and rattling chains that, combined, catches a rhythm that sounds an awful lot like song.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The film, which as usual eschews voice-overs and soundtrack music, is a chorus of labored breathing, an unblinking, at times beautiful recording of real-life,

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Wiseman records the rituals of repetition (speed bag and footwork) in poetic long shots that often have two pugilists side by side, each unaware of the other. The cadence is both primal and hypnotic.

November 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

[N]one of the boxing movie stereotypes -- Wiseman has found in Austin a very unusual boxing gym. . .for a kind of physical therapy. . .The lack of violence is emphasized.

November 8, 2010 Full Review Source:

Getting audiences outside the area of interest to "Boxing Gym" may be a tough sell, but anyone who appreciates the art of documentary filmmaking will be glad they bought. It's marvelous.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Frederick Wiseman has been making documentary films for nearly half a century and the quality and character of his works have always shown through. Boxing Gym is no exception and he shows the grace and beauty of recreational boxing.

November 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The film examines what violence looks like when it's a controlled outlet, as opposed to a spontaneous one.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

If it's possible to make a completely gentle movie about boxing, Frederick Wiseman has done just that.

October 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Movieline

Audience Reviews for Boxing Gym

Reflective and trancelike. Brilliant.
March 27, 2011
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