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Beyond the Mat Reviews

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January 1, 2000
Fans of Roberts or Funk may be interested to see what these men are like when not performing, but others may find it simply boring. Their stories are not especially compelling in the human-interest department; they're for fans only.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
Blaustein suggests wrestling's appeal -- as a kind of primal spectacle closer to parades and pageants than any accepted form of sport -- without wondering at all why he finds it compelling.
January 1, 2000
So tired and dated.
December 3, 2002
Unfortunately Blaustein isn't an experienced enough film-maker to make much of such material.
January 1, 2000
Soft, repetitive to a fault, and narrated by its maker in tones of wistful awe that seem totally inappropriate to its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 1, 2000
I guarantee you will never watch Smackdown without thinking about what is going on beyond the mat.
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
January 1, 2000
A biased story of a billion-dollar industry that must have tons of skeletons in its closet. But it didn't even open the closet door.
| Original Score: 3/10
January 1, 2000
The wrestlers are cannier than Blaustein probably gives them credit for; they seem to be offering up their backstage lives to him in ways that mimic the soppiest of melodramas, and he falls for it.
January 1, 2000
It's too close-up.
January 1, 2000
The film is sometimes riveting -- and sometimes hard to watch.
January 1, 2000
Beyond the Mat takes all the fun out of the insanity that is wrestling.
August 28, 2002
...an easygoing, straightforward film without too many surprises
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: B-
January 1, 2000
It has a hypnotic quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
This is the best documentary since Hoop Dreams
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 14, 2010
WWF documentary is OK for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 26, 2006
A very good film that both wrestling fans and non-wrestling fans will enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Sometimes, you find material for a good movie in the most unlikely place.
January 1, 2000
It's hard to explain why a movie about wrestlers is so compelling, but it's probably the same thing that makes the WWF itself so popular.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
It may be more than you ever wanted to know about the subject of professional wrestling.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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