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Tyson Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
Turns out Mike Tyson, lo and behold, isn't that interesting after all. He's an unreliable narrator, sure, but mostly he's just a grotesque cartoon of every athlete who never had to answer for anything as long as they were making other people money.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
April 20, 2009
Toback excises any counterbalancing voices from the project and leaves the final word in every case with Tyson, even as the boxer exhibits a marked tendency toward self-contradiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
Toback presumably wants us to see Tyson as a product of his times, but we can't really buy that.
Giles Hardie
Sydney Morning Herald
August 9, 2009
Just relentless lisping monotonous speech that makes the prospect of entering the ring with Mike seem attractive if only because it will be over sooner.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 25, 2009
Tyson is indeed an intriguingly contradictory hulk, but he's far from the troubling Caliban Toback's own obsessions with athleticism and negritude make him out to be
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 8, 2009
Hypnotic and ultimately incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
April 25, 2009
Tyson simply doesn't provoke you enough intellectually. It feels mildly compelling, occasionally moving and revealing, but it ultimately suffers from too much style over substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.85/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 15, 2009
I went into the movie ambivalent about him, but after hearing his hate-fuled, unself-aware rants, I shifted to the 'can't stand him' camp.
| Original Score: 0/4
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
May 17, 2009
With no sense that Toback is pressing Tyson behind the camera, it's easy to see this as more of a puff piece propping up Tyson's sense of importance rather than any work of documentary filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
The Screengrab
April 21, 2009
Ultimately proves too subjective to truly get at the heart and mind-frame of its iconic subject.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 8, 2009
[S]erves only to show us a reprehensible example of the worst of American manhood, and of American celebrity....
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 24, 2009
A grab bag of occasional split-screens and sometimes overlapping or echoing dialogue -- all of which does more to obscure than illuminate the self-deceiving subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 15, 2009
Something of a cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 1, 2009
...there ultimately reaches a point at which the former fighter's relentless chattering simply becomes too much to take.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jay Antani
Filmcritic.com
April 21, 2009
Tyson may be the case of a subject not quite ready for primetime, a man still smarting from his past wounds, too narcissistic, frankly, to be very interesting.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 24, 2009
It's a movie that's thought-provoking without being intelligent and candid without being truthful. The same aesthetic choices that [director] Toback seems convinced will set his documentary apart are also what diminishes its credibility.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 12, 2009
Merely functions as a disingenuous attempt to make him palatable to the mainstream.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 27, 2009
It's certainly an effectively tough, unsentimental look at boxing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
April 16, 2009
Despite some compelling moments, this one-sided portrait of former boxing superstar Mike Tyson feels like a missed opportunity.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 16, 2009
Half-appealing, half-pathetic.
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
November 17, 2011
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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