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Bigger, Stronger, Faster* Reviews

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
July 4, 2008
...goes from poignant to amusing to tiresome...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 27, 2008
Bell makes some good points about the dark side of the American dream, but much of his argument about steroids is muddled.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 21, 2009
If steroids were outlawed, only outlaws would have steroids
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Don Groves
December 29, 2010
A dangerous side effect of being a 'true' American.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 6, 2008
This movie is remarkable in that it seems to be interested only in facts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 13, 2008
By making this journey personal, a powerful vulnerability permeates the film.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
May 30, 2008
Bigger, Stronger, Faster* is also valuable because it anticipates weightier debates on related topics (gene doping, stem-cell therapy and cloning) where scientific and medical innovation intersects with public and private morality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
Their mistakes are our entertainment.
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine
May 26, 2008
Bell's debut feature addresses its subject with both humor and intelligence, approaching the issue of performance enhancement from every conceivable angle
| Original Score: 5/5
Edward Douglas
May 29, 2008
Like a cross between Super Size Me and Capturing the Friedmans, this is easily one of the best documentaries of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 6, 2008
It transcends its subject matter to ask provocative, disturbing questions.
| Original Score: 3/4
Karina Longworth
February 4, 2008
Mounts a surprisingly sophisticated argument...that steroid criminalization amounts to hating the player whilst willfully ignoring the dynamics of the game.
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
May 28, 2008
The same lack of personal distance that keeps Bell from scoring cheap shots against the anti-steroid hysterics is the same connection that powers the film's emotional take on America's cult of winning.
Christian Toto
Washington Times
June 8, 2008
Bigger, Stronger, Faster* tackles the steroids debate in ways audiences won't see coming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 23, 2008
Addresses its complex topic with both humor and intelligence.
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
Top Critic
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 5, 2008
The film isn't quite a memoir; it's also a platform to branch off into other areas, briskly and informatively and with a good deal of clearheadedness.
Stephen Silver
The Trend
June 11, 2008
"It's hard to dislike any movie that begins with footage of Hulk Hogan defeating the Iron Sheik in 1984, although knowing how closely Vince McMahon guards the WWE's tape library, I don't know how Bell got permission to use the footage in the film."
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian Chen
June 5, 2008
This young, talented filmmaker has as much muscle as he has heart and brains.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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