Boxing Gym Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 12, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 4, 2011
Graceful and quietly inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 24, 2010
In a year filled with angry, sociopolitical documentaries, it's my favorite.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
December 22, 2010
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
December 18, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 18, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 18, 2010
Of a piece with Wiseman's filmmaking philosophy, and fits snugly into the whole of his work, even if...it's a relatively minor example of it, at least in terms of length.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
November 12, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
November 12, 2010
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,
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 11, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 11, 2010
Frederick Wiseman must drive certain nonfiction filmmakers crazy. He makes it look too easy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
November 11, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 9, 2010
Wiseman films it all without comment, letting the rhythm of the place tell the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
November 8, 2010
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 5, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 5, 2010
We see multiple iterations of all manner of drills, and one of the pleasures of this film is that it understands that the more you look at something, the more mysterious and beautiful it becomes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 4, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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