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The Crash Reel Reviews

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Calum Marsh
Paste Magazine

Walker's strategy yields drama on par with a scripted thriller ... But what's missing, I think, is a moral sense.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

December 17, 2013
Sam Adams
Time Out New York
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With its high-energy music and graffiti-style graphics, The Crash Reel plays like the slick promos NBC uses to repackage every Olympian's story into a pat narrative.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

December 11, 2013
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

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 Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: B

February 5, 2014
John Teti
AV Club

While there is an actual "crash reel" in the film, the title speaks more to Pearce's interminable sense of reeling.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

December 12, 2013
Jordan Adler
We Got This Covered

The Crash Reel is an insightful and deeply affecting look at the hazardous world of extreme sports, through the lens of ill-fated snowboarder Kevin Pearce.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 8/10

December 11, 2013
Kimber Myers
The Playlist

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 Source: The Playlist | Original Score: A-

December 13, 2013

An inspiring and compelling documentary about the risks of extreme sports with a focus on snowboarder Kevin Pearce.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

October 3, 2013
Dorothy Rabinowitz
Wall Street Journal
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In its picture of the family constellation lies all of the film's strength, all testimony to its ambition, its capacity to fascinate with a revelation, an unexpected digression from the drama's main focus.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

July 12, 2013
Inkoo Kang
Village Voice
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The Crash Reel movingly captures the athlete's difficult acceptance of the fact that he can no longer practice the sport that made him a world champion.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 10, 2013
Allison Loring
Film School Rejects

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 Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: A-

December 22, 2013
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies

The charm of director Lucy Walker's creation is she allows the sport that elevated Pearce to take the audience on a ride too.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

October 3, 2013
Tara Brady
Irish Times

With no miraculous recovery to fall back on, the story simply has nowhere to go. And that's precisely the point.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 11, 2013
Andrew Lapin
The Dissolve

The sense of praying for a professional athlete to please, please not mount a comeback is what makes The Crash Reel so terrifying and so compulsively watchable.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 4/5

December 10, 2013
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette

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 Source: Montreal Gazette | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 19, 2013
Ian Buckwalter
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Few documentaries manage to show character arcs as full as the one Walker captures here.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 8/10

December 22, 2013
Kate Muir
Times [UK]

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 Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

December 22, 2013
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

It compellingly captures a family wrestling mightily with the riddles and contradictions of a culture that promotes achievement at all costs with little thought as to what that actually means.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

December 9, 2013
Henry Barnes
Guardian [UK]

The Crash Reel is an atypical sports movie. It's about placing your ambition on the back burner, about winning through giving up.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

June 13, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Surprising and moving, it's a nonfiction wonder.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 9, 2014
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International

The Crash Reel is too smart a film to present any easy answers, but while Walker is careful to record the prices paid by Pearce...she doesn't pretend not to understand the impulse to push everything to the edge.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 10, 2013
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