Being Evel Reviews

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July 5, 2020
Evel Knievel is awesome. That's undeniable, so no matter what, a documentary about his life, like Being Evel, is going to be at least a decent watch.
March 2, 2019
Being Evel is the portrait of a man who built himself up into an American Hero by sheer ambition.
August 28, 2018
With all the great original footage available, the documentary doesn't take any chances, relying on a talking head format that doesn't make the stunts any less thrilling but also doesn't sustain much tension.
May 22, 2016
Junge assembled some spectacularly dramatic and telling footage that evokes an era that is no so long ago, but feels so very far away.
December 26, 2015
Directed by Daniel Junge and produced by stunt star and actor Johnny Knoxville, who also acts as a narrator and host (also a producer) this isn't just a documentary, it is a tribute, even though it doesn't shy away from showing Evel's dark side.
September 3, 2015
An entertaining film that's both a revealing profile of the man and a thought-provoking reflection on his broader cultural significance.
August 31, 2015
This is very much a warts and all portrait, but in the process it brings us much closer to its subject, feeds a depth of appreciation many fans of those stunt shows will not have felt before.
August 29, 2015
Cultural identifiers don't come any bigger, meaner, or influential than Evel (nee Robert Craig) Knievel.
August 28, 2015
Oscar-winning director Daniel Junge chronicles the man's life and lasting influence through a plethora of hair-raising news footage and the memories of those who knew him, hated him, and still revere him.
August 27, 2015
Knievel's legacy, for better and worse, is more clearly tied to marketing and celebrity than to courage or integrity.
August 24, 2015
Well-edited, balanced and fascinating.
August 22, 2015
There was a real darkness there - behind the American flags and the fringed jackets and the fireworks - and Being Evel, to its credit, isn't afraid to face it.
August 21, 2015
... provides a straightforward chronicle of his career highlights, but more importantly it offers insight into Knievel's motives and flamboyant personality.
August 21, 2015
Being Evelis chock full of anecdotal factoids. (Or possibly, in some cases, fiction-oids.)
August 21, 2015
It doesn't illuminate the guy's character beyond what's obvious. Nor does it bestow much depth upon Knievel.
August 21, 2015
Warts and all...but joyous, and laugh-out-loud audacious.
August 21, 2015
"Being Evel" treads a fine line, making it clear that its subject was a heroic symbol of his times and a clear sports innovator while also acknowledging - and there's no getting around this - that the guy was a huge jerk.
August 21, 2015
Meticulously researched and interestingly presented, "Being Evel" works because just as it looks as though it might devolve into a sycophantic bit of hero worship, it changes gears and looks at the other side of the icon.
August 20, 2015
A savvy documentary that gives the granddaddy of extreme sports his due while gauging the national climate that welcomed his shrewdly timed arrival.
August 20, 2015
Even if Daniel Junge's documentary falls a bit short of its goal, it deserves points for trying.
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