Being Evel Reviews

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August 20, 2015
"Being Evel" largely nails his story.
August 20, 2015
It's ultimately a pretty sad story, and definitely not a flattering one.
August 20, 2015
Before Mr. T and Steven Seagal, there was Evel Knievel. For those who remember these simple, simpler-minded times, Being Evel is a sure bet.
August 20, 2015
A hot-headed bruiser he may have been, but Being Evel concludes that there's no denying he was a true global icon.
August 20, 2015
Those who came of age during Knievel's rise, rise and fall will enjoy the fun moments. But this family-sanctioned film comes up short in terms of objectivity.
August 20, 2015
There was a dark side to this complex man, and while it takes director Daniel Junge a while to get there, he does eventually in "Being Evel," his entertaining and sometimes uncomfortable documentary about the daredevil.
August 20, 2015
Junge's ridiculously entertaining documentary includes a wealth of archival clips that still, after all these years, make you wince.
August 20, 2015
Variously cribbing his image from Elvis, James Brown, and Liberace, Knievel becomes a recognizable huckster and all-American showman.
August 20, 2015
We can probably stop making movies about the legendary Evel Knievel. That statement is a testament to the comprehensiveness of the film from Daniel Junge and the fact that the daredevil is starting to feel like an anachronism.
August 20, 2015
Being Evel's story is too plain in the telling, but it's still incredible, and relevant in the way it shows how a person can achieve wealth and fame if he's willing to leap way high-and to endure the inevitable wipeout.
August 20, 2015
The film suggests a stronger argument: it takes a special type of a**hole to do the things that others wouldn't dare.
August 20, 2015
As sheer entertainment, "Being Evel" works quite well, establishing a swift pace and a knockaround tone befitting the subject.
August 18, 2015
He may not be likable, but he remains fascinating.
August 17, 2015
A fast and fun ride through the life of one of America's strangest icons.
August 17, 2015
Both a comprehensive personality profile, as well as a smart depiction of Americana.
August 17, 2015
Regardless of what you think of Knievel (if you've even heard of him) this is a fascinating doc with great anecdotes, crazy footage and energy to burn.
August 17, 2015
Imagine how high Evel Knievel would have soared in our social media age?
June 5, 2015
Despite teetering on the edge of gushy hagiography for much of the first half, the darker psychological shades of the man himself keep the film on track - unlike some of Evel's (in)famous jumps.
January 26, 2015
A wild, wooly strut through a period in American history when the country rallied around a man who would probably, at the end of the broadcast, be lying unconscious at the end of the runway, ready to get up and do it again the very next night.
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