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Murderball Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Murderball begins unflinchingly hardcore... but quickly goes the touchy-feely route.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 21, 2005
Dan Fienberg

Murderball is a nonfiction film for people who generally hate documentaries, but I'm not convinced that it's a good documentary for people who love the genre.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 9, 2005
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

As a sports documentary, Murderball is tame and uninvolving.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C

July 21, 2005
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Rubin and Shapiro don't patronize their subjects or their audience, portraying the players realistically and sympathetically but without kid gloves.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 24, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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This offbeat documentary is inspiring and jaw-droppingly original.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

August 26, 2005

Murderball isn't just one of the year's best documentaries, it's one of the year's best movies period.

Full Review Source: CHUD | Original Score: 9.2/10

July 7, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Unflinching, level-headed and filled with compelling characters, Murderball is an exuberant testament to the joys of being alive and tingling with physical confidence.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: A

August 26, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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To consider the bleak months and sleepless nights when these men first confronted the reality of their injuries, and now to see them in the full force of athletic exuberance, is to learn something valuable about the human will.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

July 21, 2005
James Berardinelli
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The emotional resonance that results from the focus on several unique individuals is what makes this a worthwhile viewing experience.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

July 23, 2005
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

This is not heartwarming, cuddly, or safe. it is bracing, brash, harsh, and angry. And it is thrilling.

| Original Score: B+

July 28, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Not only one of the most gripping and flat-out entertaining documentaries you're ever likely to see, it's also one of the best sports movies in existence.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

July 31, 2005
James Rocchi

A game -- and the people who play it -- comes to bruising, bold life in one of the year's best documentaries.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 5/5

July 28, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Bring[s] viewers into the world of the severely handicapped without any high-mindedness or sentimentality.

February 5, 2005
Edward Douglas

The first sports documentary where you can really feel the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 8/10

July 7, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Brilliant filmmaking. Each of the stories, very interesting

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

July 18, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Poignant and funny and suspenseful.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 4/4

July 28, 2005
Eric D. Snider

Every bit as exciting, funny, heartwarming and uplifting as any Hollywood sports movie.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A

April 20, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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It's the best sports documentary since Hoop Dreams, a great piece of work.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 22, 2005
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

Even when the movie tries to shoe-horn its stories into the standard documentary mold, it serves to drive home the point: these guys aspire to the same clichés as the rest of us.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 5, 2008
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat

Filmmakers Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro wisely chose a high-energy aesthetic to portray quadriplegic rugby (a.k.a. "Murderball") through the story of Mark Zupan and his American teammates battling for Paralympic gold.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 21, 2008
Bob Mondello
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Boston Phoenix
July 23, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 29, 2005
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