Beyond the Mat

Critics Consensus

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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The carnival world of wrestling is explored through the portraits of three men who are at the end points of their dangerous and unpredictable careers: Terry Funk, a renowned Texas champ who is 53 and has been wrestling for 32 years, Jake "the Snake" Roberts, a wrestler on the skids who attributes his downfall to a crack cocaine addiction and a horrible childhood; and Mick Foley, a devoted father and husband who thinks it would be wise to quit for the sake of his family, but will have trouble letting go.

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Critic Reviews for Beyond the Mat

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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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