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Hands on a Hard Body Reviews

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Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com

| Original Score: 2/5

November 7, 2002
David Poland
Hot Button

| Original Score: 0/5

July 26, 2002
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 2/5

August 11, 2005
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

August 27, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The result is a quirky human interest story about the need for Texans to drive a pickup.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

January 1, 2000
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews

It's absolutely fascinating watching what some people will subject themselves to for a free lunch.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Dennis Lim
Village Voice
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Scrappy, likable, and immensely absorbing.

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January 1, 2000

Tales of Texas don't get any weirder than true-tales of Texas, and Hands on a Hard Body joins the ranks of well-done, weird documentaries.

Full Review | Original Score: 5

June 15, 2001
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

One of the best documentaries ever made.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Bindler's ode to human dedication and endurance in the strangest of circumstances is a rough, unpolished gem of documentary filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 27, 2001
Anita Gates
New York Times
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These may not be people whom moviegoers think they want to spend time with, but this is accomplished documentary making, finding universal lessons in determination, struggle, planning, persistence and the relationship of mind and body.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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Bindler's attitude is absolutely right. He doesn't satirize: he observes, and leaves the satirical view as an option for us.

January 1, 2000
Russell Smith
Austin Chronicle

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 5.5/5

January 1, 2000
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat

Far and away the most hysterical and engaging documentary since Spinal Tap, only this was for real.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2000
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's engaging as a non-drama of people doing nothing, but suffering a lot.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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On the one hand, the Hands on a Hard Body contest seems a horrible exploitation of needy people as a publicity stunt to promote a car dealership; on the other, the film reveals an endearing piece of Americana.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

February 14, 2001

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 5/5

May 11, 2003

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 5/5

December 6, 2005

Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

July 10, 1998
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Susan Granger
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January 1, 2000
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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August 9, 2002

AV Club

April 1, 2003

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
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