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The Last Gladiators

The Last Gladiators (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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Academy Award (R) Winning Director Alex Gibney examines the NHL's most feared enforcers while also exploring the career of Chris Nilan. (c) Official FB

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (1)

The opening sections of this film play like a greatest-hits clip collection, but when Gibney delves deeper into Nilan's personality, it's a magnetic portrait of a rinkside Raging Bull.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Gibney celebrates hockey's fisticuff traditions while also recognizing how such brutality ultimately takes its greatest toll on those who perpetrate it.

February 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Gibney deserves credit for making a hockey film that the uninitiated can watch with interest, and for focusing on an issue even some hockey fans can't make up their minds about.

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Pretty or not, the stories of dropped gloves and smashed faces shed some clarity on the game's violence ...

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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At his best, Gibney focuses on his subject and then explodes it outward. But with "The Last Gladiators," he's taken a rare misstep. There is undoubtedly a great story within the bruised history of NHL enforcers. Why, though, did he choose Chris Nilan's?

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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In a way, this doc is Bully, grown up, and from the bully's perspective.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Movies With Butter
Movies With Butter

Even if you're not a hockey fan, Nilan is a modest and insightful guy.

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Reflecting the sweep of aggression that swallowed the game throughout the 20th century, Gibney tackles his points smartly, laboring to communicate the thrill of combat and the shock of retirement.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

Gibney, always a master of the documentary interview, gives us another captivating talking head in Chris Nilan.

February 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

It doesn't try to sell you on fighting in hockey, it just presents the environment, the personalities, and lets it all speak for itself...

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Makes room for tender moments of reflection from a guy who, against impossible odds, still managed some victories, the biggest of which may be that he's still standing.

January 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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