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Fightville (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 5

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Over the last decade, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has grown from a controversial no-holds-barred gladiatorial sideshow into a billion dollar phenomenon eclipsing boxing as the dominant combat sport in the world. But far from Las Vegas, in sweat-soaked gyms and low-rent arenas across America, the big lights are but a dream. Here, men fight to test their mettle, fortified with the mythic promise that an ordinary man can transform into a champion. Fightville is about the art and sport of fighting: a

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'Fightville," you had me at "gladiator school."

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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An up-close but superficial portrait of aspiring MMA stars as they fight their way through the Cajun Country regional circuit.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Ms. Epperlein and Mr. Tucker have talent and resolve - they spent months shooting "Fightville," a commitment that's scarcely evident - which makes the movie's superficiality all the more frustrating.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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"Fightville" feels authentic about this world, where success may be measured in wins, but the balance of unrelenting brutality and self-discipline needed for those wins is a trickier equation.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It doesn't seem to display much of a point of view at all.

April 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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In characterizing both fighters and their sport, directors Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker rarely break down defenses to surpass superficiality.

April 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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An exhilarating sports documentary and a levelheaded, piercingly intelligent treatment of a touchy subject.

April 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinematical
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The bumpy road to success as a mixed martial arts fighter is ambiguously investigated in this amateurish documentary by the directing/editing team of Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein.

April 21, 2012 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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A shrewdly observed MMA doc [that's] the equivalent of an unexpectedly delightful conversation with a potluck-seated dinner companion with whom you thought you might have nothing in common.

April 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
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...not an investigative documentary but a celebration of a subculture which is aided by an excellent technical package...

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

Aside from illustrating the rigors of training, Fightville doesn't offer much else, other than a look at the small-time quality of this circuit.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

The filmmakers take a mostly effective Hoop Dreams approach in showing how young hopefuls test the limits of their abilities and their economic situation.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Fightville's most worthwhile material tends to lie in the space between what its subjects say and what we know to be true.

April 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It's not for the squeamish -- the cage matches get pretty messy -- but just about everyone else should find something to appreciate.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

Fightville looks at cage fighting as a means to identity and an unending sales pitch, and also at the products sold, that is, vulnerable young men. Certainly, they don't see themselves as such.

December 7, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters
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Audience Reviews for Fightville

"We build better men."

A documentary that focuses on a group of young athletes in southern Louisiana as they work toward achieving their goals of becoming professional mixed martial arts fighters.

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Fightville was an insightful look at the intense world of MMA hopefuls fighting for the chance to earn a pro contract. The directors portrayed the characters in a way that made you root for them and feel like you were right there watching them struggle and succeed. This film will appeal to both UFC fans and non fans alike. The young fighters featured from the Lafayette, Louisiana area are as authentic as they come. The raw footage captures the intensity and sacrifice these warriors make. UFC and other pro fighting circuits are the quickest growing professional sports franchise worldwide. Young wrestlers, MMA fighters and boxers are gravitating toward the sport as a place where they can continue to pursue their dreams of being the ultimate warrior. Fightville shows us how they do it.
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