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Ping Pong

Ping Pong (2012)


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Critic Reviews: 3
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 0



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Les D'Arcy is a living legend. At 89 years old, he's obviously not received the memo about slowing down, and is going for gold, literally. He's headed to China to compete in the over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia. A seven time world champion, he still lifts weights to train -- something he's been doing for decades, after surviving a sickly childhood. Of course, compared to some, Les is a spring chicken. Australian legend Dorothy deLow is 100, and finds herself a mega celebrity


Documentary, Sports & Fitness, Special Interest

Hugh Hartford

Sep 9, 2013

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Director Hugh Hartford skillfully documents each person's past and present.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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A charming and even inspirational doc that follows eight medal-winning veterans of the sport on their way to and through the 15th annual World over-80s Table Tennis Championship.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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It's breezy fun, touching lightly on illness and worse.

July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A rousing documentary that pays tribute to the grit of male and female competitors in the over-80 World Table Tennis Championships.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Uplifting in all senses - it'll propel you off the couch to get busy living too.

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source:

The actual matches themselves, as they approach the Finals and still contain some of our characters, become really quite exciting.

June 10, 2013 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

Terrific, uplifting, often raw and frequently funny...If the film has a theme, it's how the ageing process can often afflict the body far more than it does the mind.

June 10, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

With lively, skilfully intimate camerawork and sparky editing, the film captures the players' personalities and the energy of the matches.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

By briefly profiling each, the filmmakers ensure we care about them all; they are not treated as some sort of novelty act for the sake of the camera, and this is what makes the film a standout

June 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Certainly the feelgood factor is in effect here; but the film doesn't really distinguish itself within the genre.

August 14, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

The doughty spirit of D'Arcy and Donlon shines through, as they keep on defying the odds to play another day.

July 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Strong characters, great access and a firm grip on story arc. Smashing, indeed.

July 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A hugely enjoyable addition to the heartwarming competition-based documentary genre, with likeable characters, suspenseful competition sequences, a great soundtrack and an uplifting central message.

July 7, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Remarkable people in a heartwarming, inspirational film.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

These dynamic table-tennis stars put the rest of us to shame.

July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

A cute precursor to this summer's Games that doesn't quite warrant a theatrical release.

July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Ping Pong makes a firm case that a strong spirit will aid your longevity. It is a documentary both irreverently funny and deeply affecting.

July 2, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

The sight of this elderly bunch hobbling around the table may well make you laugh, but the passion with which they play each game as if it might (and probably will) be their last will also make you cry.

July 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

An unabashed crowd-pleaser, Hugh Hartford's table-top portrait avoids patronising its aged subjects, bouncing between sweetly satirical and sincerely moving.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Audience Reviews for Ping Pong

A lovely uplifting film about a group of elderly competitors taking part in the over 80s Table Tennis Championships in China. Every review I've read of this film starts with a condescending remark and goes down-hill from there so I'm not going to start. Treating the elderly like children is a pet hate of mine. It is what it is and I enjoyed it very much. It is impressive and the people featured are all lovely. Recommended.
January 8, 2014

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