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Tyson Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 16, 2009
Half-appealing, half-pathetic.
June 24, 2009
It all adds up to a fascinating psychological study, a film that goes beyond both the public persona and the fighter's own spin to get at the frightened, angry, explosive, yet utterly understandable boy who became a very troubled and very public man.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 13, 2009
The most remarkable revelation of the movie is its subject's thoughtful, reflective eloquence and unflinching self-perception...Tyson may or may not be entirely who he says he is, but he's probably not who we thought he was, either.
June 11, 2009
Listening to Tyson tell his side of the story, you come to understand him with new depth and complexity.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 11, 2009
Some documentaries grow in the shadows; others demand to be made. The story of boxer Mike Tyson, powerfully recounted in a new film, is as rich as a Dickens novel.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 15, 2009
Something of a cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 15, 2009
I can't say I've ever wanted to be in Mike Tyson's head, but this documentary by James Toback certainly took me there, and I won't soon forget it.
May 14, 2009
When Tyson finally admits defeat and announces retirement, it's those crinkly, hurting eyes you remember.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 14, 2009
The closest most of us will ever come to an intimate chat with the champ.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 14, 2009
A revealing portrait of the troubled Mike Tyson elicits horror and sympathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 8, 2009
More a testimony for the defense than a documentary, it's a sympathetic portrait of a complex man driven by an anger that still bubbles beneath the surface.
May 8, 2009
Hypnotic and ultimately incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 8, 2009
Toback, to his considerable credit, turns that view around by showing Tyson as a complicated person who has more thoughtful things to say.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 8, 2009
With Tyson, [director James] Toback has found a documentary subject as tragic and ridiculous, as bizarre and driven, as the heroes of his other films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 8, 2009
Toback fashions a sharp doc out of a blunt object.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 7, 2009
Deploying multiple split screens and a discreet but effective score, Tyson is hugely engrossing at the same time that it is not entirely credible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2009
Those who were furious at Tyson will be made even angrier by Toback's film, for here is a fresh provocation-an attempt to restore to Tyson the human dimensions that have been taken from him (by himself, of course, as well as by others).
April 30, 2009
Tyson is terrifically compelling and, more than that, unexpectedly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 30, 2009
James Toback's Tyson is a documentary with no pretense of objectivity. Here is Mike Tyson's story in his own words, and it is surprisingly persuasive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 27, 2009
It makes you look at him in a new light.
April 27, 2009
My hunch is this innovative documentary will make you look at Mike Tyson differently. Not necessarily in a better light, but in greater context.
April 25, 2009
It isn't a profile; it's a conduit for Tyson to speak his mind. He's the film's only voice, but even when he's the only one talking, the story is still two-sided.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 24, 2009
Mike Tyson is a damaged man but a man nonetheless. Dismissing him as an animal, a habit he sometimes falls into himself, is an error. His mind is far from empty, although it's a lonely, haunted place, and Tyson is a howl of humanity.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 24, 2009
Who is Mike Tyson? Soft-spoken lost soul? Vicious animal? Not even he knows. But it's eerily fascinating to watch him try to figure it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
April 24, 2009
Think you've seen enough of Mike Tyson for a lifetime? Think you know as much about him as you want to? Think again, and see James Toback's terrific documentary Tyson.
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.
April 24, 2009
Tyson is worth seeing even if you have no particular interest in the sport or the man.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 24, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 23, 2009
You won't know what hit you after watching Tyson. This power punch to the gut is one of the best movies of any kind this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 23, 2009
The result is as gripping as a title fight and as mesmerizing as a conversation with a cobra. You may not be happy with everything said, but you will not be bored.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 23, 2009
Tyson can be brutal with himself, but Toback's fawning documentary lets him off easy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 23, 2009
Although straightforward in format, the film capitalizes on an obviously intense connection between filmmaker and subject with psychological acuity and emotional power.
April 22, 2009
Ultimately, this may be the closest we'll ever get to understanding how Mike feels about himself, and there's value in viewing that assessment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2009
[Toback] gives us Iron Mike in all his monolithic multitudes and allows us, for a brief moment, to peer alongside him into the existential abyss.
April 20, 2009
An 88-minute stream-of-consciousness monologue that has you by turns sympathetic, perplexed, appalled, and enthralled.
April 16, 2009
An extraordinary documentary.
April 15, 2009
The term isn't generally applied to the subject of a nonfiction film, but 'starring' is the right description for Mike Tyson's participation in James Toback's provocatively sympathetic, impressionistic documentary portrait, Tyson.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 27, 2009
Toback steers Tyson through every triumph and disaster you want to hear about, never pretending that the platform belongs to anyone but the man they used to call Iron Mike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6