Beyond the Mat

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Even if you aren't a fan, Beyond the Mat provides a riveting, perceptive look into the world of professional wrestling by taking a closer look at the people beneath the personas.

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"Beyond the Mat," Barry Blaustein's honest, intimate, revealing, highly entertaining, and critically acclaimed behind-the-scenes look at wrestling, takes viewers beyond the ring and into the lives of the men and women who inhabit this colorful, competitive, and surprisingly complex world.

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Critic Reviews for Beyond the Mat

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (12)

  • Documentaries are almost always more interesting if the filmmakers fess up about their relationship to the subject, as unabashed pro-wrestling fan Barry Blaustein does in this naively made, compelling homage to the sport.

    March 23, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A gently and genuinely observed film whose subject is a garish, artificial display of mayhem.

    March 23, 2007

    Robert Koehler

    Variety
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  • We tour the All-Pro Wrestling School in California and Philadelphia's fearsome Extreme Championships, but it's the studies Blaustein makes of several wrestlers that root the film.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • Entertaining and twisted.

    March 19, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
  • Beyond the Mat transcends its subject, pro wrestling, to become a wrenching, sobering, emotional glimpse at the lives of some men trapped by the aging process.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • It centres on the distinctive, disturbing, weird, unnerving universe that is American wrestling which primarily presents legitimised violence as entertainment.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Beyond the Mat

  • Jan 03, 2010
    If you liked The Wrestler, you'll like this documentary because its the same story yet its all true. And if you like wrestling, you'll like this documentary because its got lots of wrestlers and lots of wrestling in it. And if you hate wrestling, you'll like this documentary because it shows you exactly why you hate wrestling so very much.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2009
    When this 1st came out in the theater I was the very 1st 1 in line to get a ticket
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2008
    As a fan of wrestling, I found this doc incredible. It's a fascinating look into the folks who chose to wrestle for a living and their trials and tribulations. I've recommended this to people who hate wrestling and they've enjoyed it as well.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2008
    great documentary on the inside lives of wrestling. it starts off kind of slow when they introduce a couple of nobodies who try to make it in but when they get to the legends it picks up and you really feel for their painful lives and anguish in and out of the ring.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer

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