The Crash Reel (2013)



Critic Consensus: Smart, compassionate, and moving, The Crash Reel uses the familiar sport-doc formula to subvert expectations and ask challenging questions about ambition and achievement.

Movie Info

This eye-popping, yet intimate, story of U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce uses years of vérité footage to expose the potentially high price of participating in extreme- action sports. Training to compete against longtime rival Shaun White at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kevin suffered massive head trauma from a 2009 accident in Park City, Utah. His tight-knit Vermont family flew to his side, and together they began an intensive process of trying to rehabilitate him and help him rebuild his … More

Rating: G
Genre: Documentary , Sports & Fitness
Directed By:
Written By: Pedro Kos, Lucy Walker
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 17, 2013
Phase 4 Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Crash Reel

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (14)

This is top-notch filmmaking in terms of its technique and its humane spirit.

Full Review… | January 9, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Few documentaries manage to show character arcs as full as the one Walker captures here.

Full Review… | December 22, 2013
Top Critic

The hook of The Crash Reel is that it's about the rivalry between two famous American snowboarders, but in reality, Lucy Walker's slickly produced documentary is about one man's ongoing battle with himself -- on and off the slopes.

Full Review… | December 22, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Ms. Walker doesn't go too deeply into the questions all this raises, but at least she broaches them. Are the sponsors of these athletes promoting recklessness by encouraging stars to push the limits?

Full Review… | December 22, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Much more than a sports film, Lucy Walker's Oscar-shortlisted The Crash Reel is a thrilling, inspiring, yet cautionary tale about extreme sports that never trades on sentiment.

Full Review… | December 12, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Director Lucy Walker's chronicle of how Pearce, his family and his friends grapple with their altered reality results in one of the year's best documentaries.

Full Review… | December 12, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Crash Reel


Emotional and gripping documentary shows you the journey of Kevin Pearce. Broken bones and brain injuries are part of professional snowboarding/skiing. This film shows their affects first hand. Must see.

Wu Chouin

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