Fake It So Real Reviews

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Matt Singer
Time Out Chicago
April 23, 2012
Outsider artists don't expect to be discovered; they just want to share their passion with the world. Greene's film communicates their devotion -- and their desire to hit people on the back with steel chairs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
April 20, 2012
What's different is a poignant sense of community that makes for a richer portrait overall.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 19, 2012
"Fake It So Real" filled me with affection for its down-and-out heroes, a group of semi-pro wrestlers in Lincolnton, N.C.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ryan Lattanzio
San Francisco Chronicle
March 15, 2012
An engrossing documentary that lends humanity to independent pro wrestling's savage theater of machismo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Gholson
Movies.com
February 3, 2012
You certainly don't have to be a wrestling fan to enjoy its charms; the appeal comes from exploring what's essentially a very strange, very dangerous hobby.
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Steve Dollar
Wall Street Journal
January 13, 2012
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Andy Webster
New York Times
January 12, 2012
The taunts in the ring may be make-believe, but the slams against the mat are agonizingly genuine in Robert Greene's vivid documentary "Fake It So Real"...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
January 9, 2012
Though the matches themselves, with their crude narrative frameworks and stereotypes, may be something of an anticlimax, the film unearths the tough and complex life experiences they distill.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 17, 2011
An entertaining documentary portrait of the barely professional, essentially hobbyist wrestling scene in Lincolnton, North Carolina -- a scene replicated in scores of American communities, where wannabe Rocks battle on YouTube and in tiny veteran centers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
August 25, 2011
An affectionate portrait of an all-American subculture.
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
January 12, 2012
These wrestlers have a number of striking similarities which can be boiled down to one true commonality: They all felt like freaks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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