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Generation Iron (2013)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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Directed and Written by Vlad Yudin, GENERATION IRON is produced by Yudin and Edwin Mejia. Jerome Gary, producer of the cult classic PUMPING IRON, which helped make Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name, was also tapped to executive produce. GENERATION IRON provides insight into the professional sport of bodybuilding today and follows these men as they compete on the International stage. Yudin followed seven current athletes from around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, Japan, and

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For a documentary about extreme discipline, the filmmakers lack restraint: the movie, about 20 minutes too long, undercuts much of its own momentum.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The oversized men who compete for the title of Mr. Olympia in this illuminating documentary are articulate and serious-minded, with some muscling through adversity to find a way to their dreams.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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"Iron" opens a window to an exclusive club and gives valuable insight into a small, dedicated and proudly unique community.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Yudin's deft cameras admiringly capture these iconically sculpted men without overly objectifying them, should the prospect of eyeballing all that posing-strapped beef give any potential viewers pause.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A gorgeous meditation on age-old existential concerns.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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...just about enough memorable quotes, eloquence, personality, and pathos to divert even those of us with no interest in sport.

March 30, 2014 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

It's mostly a polite, controlling-authority-approved peek into the world of competition bodybuilding, though not enough to dissuade fans from taking a look.

March 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Suffers from a reality TV-ish veneer in its decided lack of depth.

March 16, 2014 Full Review Source:

While Yudin gives us plenty of room to laugh at them, he also acknowledges their capacity to inspire awe - not only at their bulging muscles, but at their willingness to go all the way with the infantile wish to look bigger than anyone else.

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Yudin gets into the psyches of his subjects. Their ups and downs, highs and lows. The need to do well in competitions not only for personal glory but for the sponsorships that feed their families and keep them in the gym.

December 1, 2013 Full Review Source: MediaMikes

Well-crafted, sympathetic and apparently fairly honest, but not as novel as it would have been in the pre-reality TV era, when the home lives of participants in obsessive family units and strange subcultures weren't an entertainment staple.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

... we are left to consider natural gifts versus applied science, and ponder why we usually credit the former more than the latter. Like all good stories, this movie about bodybuilding is really about much more.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The film ends up being about much more than itself, much more than just bodybuilding or bodybuilders. Although a bit overlong, it is really a triumph of intelligent, strategic filmmaking.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Suspenseful, well-edited and adequately illuminating without being too heavy or dry

September 22, 2013 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Yudin's decision to opt for a wide-ranging collection of shallow portraits sabotages any chance of learning something meaningful or profound about these men.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
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Audience Reviews for Generation Iron

Generation Iron is a very good documentary about the sport of bodybuilding that follows the 2012 Mister Olympia year. Focusing on that year's competition, Generation Iron features the sport's biggest names competing for the coveted Mr. Olympia title. The way that the documentary goes into its subject, following each bodybuilding, and gives us insight on how they prepare physically and mentally for the event is quite interesting. Each bodybuilder has a unique approach to their method of physical conditioning and training, and the dedication that each of them has in order to win the title is truly something. The method of body building can easily be described as a sculptor that sculpts a fine work of art. Each bodybuilder sculpts their body with precision, dedication and overall determination in order to win the most celebrated title in the sport. Fans of the sport will enjoy this thoroughly engaging documentary, and even strangers to Bodybuilding might find this entertaining due to the fact that this is a highly competitive sport that has only winner. The determination of each bodybuilder is intense, fierce and unequalled. In terms of documenting its subject, Generation Iron definitely manages to go in depth of its subject in order for the viewer to truly understand the method and somewhat eccentric reason to why bodybuilders want to do this type of sport. The film is revealing and constantly entertaining and it will certainly appeal to anyone looking for a truly engaging documentary film to watch. Even if you're not a fan of the sport, this is worth seeing because it's nonetheless an interesting topic, and one that has been heavily scrutinized by the public due to some of the methods that a few bodybuilders have used during their training. This film might help give the common viewer a different perspective on the sport, and provide an entertaining viewing experience as well.
April 8, 2014
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