The Crash Reel Reviews

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May 30, 2014
Walker's most fine-tuned character-driven documentary yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
February 5, 2014
The Crash Reel is an affecting reminder of how suddenly circumstances can turn on us. But it's also an inspiring look at how we can deal with even the most hobbling bad luck.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 31, 2014
Lucy Walker makes a multi-faceted documentary that deals with the demands on Olympic-level athletes to excel at their chosen sport.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 25, 2014
Walker never preaches, she and Kos just lay out an incredible journey with a few supportive side trips to build her case against extreme sports while still celebrating the athletes who participate in them.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 9, 2014
This is top-notch filmmaking in terms of its technique and its humane spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 9, 2014
Surprising and moving, it's a nonfiction wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
December 25, 2013
The Crash Reel simply swells one's heart; the Pearce family is a smart and loving one, and the lessons sprinkled throughout this amazing documentary are multitude.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
December 22, 2013
Jawdropping and jawbreaking stunts performed by professional snowboarders open Lucy Walker's latest documentary, but it is the aftermath of accidents that form the powerfully disturbing core of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent
December 22, 2013
Lucy Walker's documentary is exhilarating and grim viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Mottram
Total Film
December 22, 2013
With some narrative threads suddenly dropped, it's raw-edged and sometimes jarring. But as a reminder of how fragile life is, it's spot-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
December 22, 2013
Few documentaries manage to show character arcs as full as the one Walker captures here.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Allison Loring
Film School Rejects
December 22, 2013
The Crash Wheel makes a valiant effort to bring wider awareness to some of the bigger issues surrounding these extreme sports, but the film is strongest when it is simply Pearce's story.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
KJ Doughton
Film Threat
December 22, 2013
After screening The Crash Reel, you will never, ever again delight in televised images of skiers and snowboarders wiping out on the slopes. Guaranteed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Liz Beardsworth
Empire Magazine
December 22, 2013
Another memorable piece of storytelling from the Oscar-winning director.
Top Critic
Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
December 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
December 22, 2013
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?
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette
December 19, 2013
The Crash Reel may not be all fun and games, but it is necessary viewing for any snowboarding enthusiasts who brazenly put their lives on the line.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Calum Marsh
Paste Magazine
December 17, 2013
Walker's strategy yields drama on par with a scripted thriller ... But what's missing, I think, is a moral sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kimber Myers
The Playlist
December 13, 2013
Amidst all the trauma that had me crying more than once throughout the film...I was amazed by the incredible feats performed by the athletes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chris Knight
National Post
December 13, 2013
Even as one participant notes cynically that the crowds come for the crashes, it's apparent that this is not the purpose of the footage in the film. The larger story is too tragic for that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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