Boxing Gym Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 12, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 4, 2011
Graceful and quietly inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 29, 2010
It's a boxing movie minus all the bull that usually goes with it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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.
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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
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 21, 2010
Wiseman's intimate-but-unrevealing approach suits the culture he's observing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
October 20, 2010
Wiseman has often been able to find the major in the minor, and that's certainly the case here.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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.