An exhilarating sports documentary and a levelheaded, piercingly intelligent treatment of a touchy subject.
| Original Score: A-
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.
| Original Score: B
...not an investigative documentary but a celebration of a subculture which is aided by an excellent technical package...
| Original Score: 6/10
'Fightville," you had me at "gladiator school."
| Original Score: 3/4
"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.
| Original Score: 3/5
The filmmakers take a mostly effective Hoop Dreams approach in showing how young hopefuls test the limits of their abilities and their economic situation.
Fightville's most worthwhile material tends to lie in the space between what its subjects say and what we know to be true.
It's not for the squeamish -- the cage matches get pretty messy -- but just about everyone else should find something to appreciate.
| Original Score: 4/5
The process is bloody, raw and often emotional, and the fights themselves shocking in their brutality, as the cameras follow the young Turks who do battle for a few hundred dollars.
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.
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.
| Original Score: C-
An up-close but superficial portrait of aspiring MMA stars as they fight their way through the Cajun Country regional circuit.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
It doesn't seem to display much of a point of view at all.
| Original Score: 2/5
In characterizing both fighters and their sport, directors Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker rarely break down defenses to surpass superficiality.
If only there was more of Dustin and his colleagues' back story in Fightville, the fight film might have been a real knockout.
| Original Score: 2/4