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Strongman (2011)

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

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Stanless Steel-"The Strongest Man in the World at Bending Steel and Metal"-is the only man alive capable of bending a U.S. penny with his fingers. But the world around Stan-his aging parents, his alcoholic brother, his beautiful but timid announcer-girlfriend, his show-biz agents and strength rivals, and even Stan himself-is not so malleable. As the pressure mounts, what starts as a unique portrait of a loveable outsider soon becomes a deeply universal, funny, and poignant story about trying to

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Oct 15, 2013

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One cannot help but think of Fellini's Zampano and Gelsomina.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Strongman is a tantalizing example of the kind of documentary I find engrossing: A film about an unusual person that invites us into the mystery of a human life.

February 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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An outsider tale of unforced rawness and lilting poignancy.

January 25, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A warts-and-all documentary from first-time director Zachary Levy that moves in close and stays there.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Without being intrusive, Levy chronicles these lives like a trusted family member, and Strongman allows a privileged and affectionate glimpse of a truly American dreamer.

January 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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By the end, you don't entirely understand either of these people, but you come to understand why they need each other.

December 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Not to take anything away from Levy's heartwarming approach into the unfamiliar world of strongmen, but it would take more than just a bit of willpower to stay in the same room with Stan and his inflated ego for more than half an hour.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Strongman is a heartrending character study of a man blessed with superhuman strength, but defeated and overwhelmed by the everyday bullshit of life.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Fascinating, funny and intimate portrait of Stanless Steel, who likes to lift and bend things.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Strongman's unvarnished approach complements its salt of the earth subject.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Though the execution is nearly flawless, the film is difficult to sit through in its entirety.

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

Thoroughly fascinating, heartfelt and unflinchingly candid.

January 27, 2011 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Though Levy's film feels shapeless at times, what it loses in structure, it gains in handheld intimacy, letting viewers get to know the mercurial but fundamentally sweet Pleskun.

January 27, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Sad power rises from this doc about a guy who can bend pennies and elevate 10,000-pound trucks.

January 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

... [W]e're never sure how to take Stanless Steel. Is this guy irrepressibly optimistic, or just willfully self-deluded?

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Zachary Levy's documentary is an original portrait of a distinctive soul who can lift trucks off the ground but cannot get himself out of a rut.

December 8, 2009 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
EDGE Boston

Ten years in the making, Zachary Levy's film is a stark and arresting study of a simple man trying to do good with what he's got.

December 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

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