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Bigger, Stronger, Faster* Reviews

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Top Critic
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
Their mistakes are our entertainment.
Don Groves
December 29, 2010
A dangerous side effect of being a 'true' American.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
July 1, 2009
It raises big, intriguing questions that rarely, if ever, come up in the hubbub about steroid use in professional athletics, particularly Major League Baseball.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jennifer Merin
May 26, 2009
Chris Bell's very personal documentary, tracking how steroid use influenced his body building family's game, health and interpersonal relationships, is neither an apology nor a hard-lined expose about doping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 29, 2009
This is one of the best documentary films of 2008, along with 'Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father.'
Full Review | Original Score: A
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
November 25, 2008
Though somewhat repetitive and clunky, Chris Bell's Bigger Stronger Faster deserves credit for presenting a fairly evenhanded examination of steroids & their threat to the integrity of the country's sports industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 57/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 24, 2008
A matter-of-fact funny and clever in-depth look at steroid use in modern-day America.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sarah Boslaugh
September 19, 2008
A wide-ranging look at the use of performance-enhancing drugs in America
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
August 25, 2008
Pessoal como Moore (incluindo um momento Roger and Me com Schwarzenegger) e auto-referencial como Spurlock (mas mais honesto), Bell cria um filme que levanta questões realmente relevantes sobre a caça às bruxas relativa ao uso de esteróides.
| Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 13, 2008
Like many of the best documentaries, [it] doesn't take us exactly where we expect to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 8, 2008
Bell's film is in need of an unbiased editor, but his conclusion that the use of steroids is rooted in a poisonous American belief that bigger is inherently better and second best is just first among losers is compelling.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
July 25, 2008
Giving his film real emotional kick are the personal stories of Mad Dog and Stinky, two average guys chasing a media-fed dream that will only result in disappointment.
| Original Score: 3/4
July 25, 2008
An an insider, Bell's work here is comprehensive to the point of over-saturation, but it's all so alien and interesting that it doesn't bog down.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 24, 2008
It may or may not change your opinion of how we should treat steroids in America, but it will at least give you greater sympathy for people who use them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
July 24, 2008
A thoughtful, informative and thoroughly entertaining examination of the role of performance-enhancing drugs in modern life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
July 16, 2008
The fault is not in our steroids, but in ourselves.
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Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
July 1, 2008
The unique point of view -- from a guy who used to take steroids and has two brothers who still do -- is the reason to see this.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 26, 2008
It's an interesting story and is well-told for the most part.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
June 23, 2008
A lively and incisive look into the nation's growing preoccupation with pumped-up superlatives.
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