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Beyond the Mat Reviews

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October 14, 2010
WWF documentary is OK for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 3, 2010
Am engrossing watch, but it's far from the most fascinating and incisive look at its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 31, 2008
Blaustein, Foley and Funk layeth the smack well and truly down.
March 23, 2007
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
A gently and genuinely observed film whose subject is a garish, artificial display of mayhem.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
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.
May 26, 2006
A very good film that both wrestling fans and non-wrestling fans will enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 9, 2005
Barry Blaustein takes a long, hard look at pro wrestling and, while not making me a newborn fan of the sport, he taught me the intensity and sacrifice of those who enter the ring.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 14, 2003
A hilarious and heartbreaking documentary.
| Original Score: 4/4
December 8, 2002
Surprisingly riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 3, 2002
Unfortunately Blaustein isn't an experienced enough film-maker to make much of such material.
August 28, 2002 easygoing, straightforward film without too many surprises
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: B-
June 21, 2002
turns out to be less interested in the cartoonish brutality of pro wrestling than it is with the lives of the people who make their living in the ring.
March 19, 2002
Entertaining and twisted.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 18, 2001
Blaustein and his film have at least put a human face on those monstrous countenances that snarl out from our television sets on Saturday afternoons.
March 24, 2001
The real meat of the movie comes in the many intimate moments that Blaustein's camera catches.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 1, 2000
Beyond the Mat wants to blend thrills and pathos, getting at the many sides of what is, as Mr. Blau stein describes it, a carny act. The problem is that he doesn't articulate any of his own thoughts beyond a few slight asides.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
It has a hypnotic quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
An unexpected little gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
The rampant hucksterism of big-time wrestling is in a long American tradition, and Beyond the Mat is a very smart first step in opening the subject up to clearer view.
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