Boxing Gym Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
October 22, 2010
Well-shot, but often lazy, tedious and, above all, boring. It's one of the most unenlightening and underwhelming documentaries of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.21/10
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
October 7, 2010
The film captures the energy, the stresses and the tension of people striking punching bags and each other but without narration, it all feels a bit random and uninteresting.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 9, 2010
I find Wiseman's anti-narrative vow of chastity off-putting; I like a story with my pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Christopher Campbell
Cinematical
October 24, 2010
Boxing Gym is very busy and it would take a few viewings to notice everything and everyone going on in the backgrounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 21, 2010
Some documentaries have a way of sneaking into your brain and becoming reference points for larger subjects. Frederick Wiseman's Boxing Gym is one of them.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
September 30, 2010
A privileged peek into a little pocket of something close to a functioning democratic system.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 8, 2010
If anything, Wiseman shows how, in the boxing gym, violence is sublimated in fantasy.
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
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
September 15, 2010
It's hard to fault Wiseman's optimistic contemplation of the almost familial atmosphere of democratic athleticism on the screen.
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
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 21, 2010
Pugilists and philosophers of all kinds converge in Frederick Wiseman's mesmerizing documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jennifer Merin
About.com
October 17, 2010
Frederick Wiseman, the master of cinema verite, takes us inside an Austin, Texas boxing gym for a fascinating fly-on-the-wall look at men, women and children training to achieve their personal bests.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
October 19, 2010
Wiseman, credited not only as director but as producer, editor and sound guy, makes the gym's rhythm of motion and chatter into his chief subject - a ballet of sweat.
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-
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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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 21, 2010
There's no disputing the cumulative authority of Wiseman's ongoing Human Comedy or ignoring the influence that his epic observational style has had on fiction filmmakers.
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