A documentary of bareknuckle fights among feuding Irish Traveller clans can't give the participants' self-perpetuating, dead-end rivalry the scope of tragedy.
| Original Score: 2/4
Simply showing generations of pasty, fat men pounding each other to a pulp shouldn't be mistaken for an in-depth exploration of Gaelic machismo...
| Original Score: 2/5
A dark, brutal, black hole world of casual physical violence.
| Original Score: 7.5/10
Ambiguity makes Knuckle a fascinating portrait, but a middling cinematic experience.
| Original Score: 3/5
Knuckle is often like Waiting for Godot, only bloodier.
It's all a little rough and ready, and by its nature rather repetitive, but as a look inside a normally hidden part of an already insular culture, Knuckle packs a genuine punch.
Knuckle convinces as a statement against the futility of violence, of how keeping alive the petty anger of a single moment only serves to dominate and ruin the life experiences of the next generation.
A rambunctious documentary about Irish traveler families and their running feuds resolved through fisticuffs.
An extraordinarily compelling and hard-hitting portrait of two Irish families and their decades-old, bare-knuckled feud.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Knuckle is a curiously riveting work.
| Original Score: 4/5
Knuckle is a documentary about feuding families of Irish Travelers who settle their grudges with bare-knuckle boxing matches, so it's bound to be inherently fascinating, regardless of how well it's assembled.
| Original Score: B-
Knuckle is an understated but powerful look at a world people know little about, in a way they've never seen before.
Though you will wish for more polish and insight, its unruly action is hard to resist.
A compelling and occasionally disturbing documentary shot over the course of 12 years and covering too many conflicts to count.
Palmer's grainy, handheld camerawork won't win any aesthetic prizes, but it's in tune with his subject.
Knuckle offers an intimate look at a largely unfamiliar culture that is fascinating even if you have no interest in boxing
| Original Score: 7/10
While the film becomes slightly redundant, the anger and strife its characters cannot overcome is awful, poetic and, frankly, astonishing.
While it's frustrating that Mr. Palmer doesn't dig deep into the complexities of the fights, one of the movie's strengths is the honesty with which he confesses his doubts about them.
Palmer's film is brutally compelling to look at, as the lads get down to face-rearranging, but it also carries a lot of tragic historical freight.
| Original Score: 3/4
A hard-hitting documentary in which the men of rival Irish traveler clans periodically beat each other to a pulp to settle a family feud that began for a reason that nobody remembers. Bloody amazing!