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Bigger, Stronger, Faster* Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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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
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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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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 20, 2008
Unexpectedly funny [and] sometimes angry.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 13, 2008
Smart, touching and enlightening, a combination that makes Bigger, Stronger, Faster the best documentary of the year so far.
Full Review | Original Score: a-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 13, 2008
By making this journey personal, a powerful vulnerability permeates the film.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
June 9, 2008
It'll shake up your beliefs not just about steroids but about competition, hypocrisy, body obsession and American notions of masculinity.
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Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
June 6, 2008
Bell posits that their disillusionment is a side effect of being American and he may well be right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Schilling
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 6, 2008
Bigger, Stronger, Faster* is that rare film that truly challenges its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 6, 2008
A hugely entertaining personal documentary about what steroids mean to American pop culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 30, 2008
There's been a glut of pointless first- person documentaries lately, but newcomer Christopher Bell has a legitimate personal take in his film about Americans who use anabolic steroids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 30, 2008
Powerful stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
May 30, 2008
It's a fascinating and unexpectedly profound and melancholy meditation on what we have become as a country and on the misguided obsessions that made us this way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 30, 2008
Bigger, Stronger, Faster* left me convinced that the steroid scandals will abate as the drugs are reluctantly accepted as inevitable products of a continuing revolution in biotechnology.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
May 29, 2008
Bigger, Stronger, Faster* offers persuasive examples of circumstances in which we let people make their own choices, no matter how dimwitted, from plastic-surgery addiction to daredevil stunts.
| Original Score: B+
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
May 29, 2008
Steroids as demonized innocents is a tough pill to swallow, and while Bell isn't out to build a clear case, he succeeds in muddying the waters.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 29, 2008
The performance-enhancing quality behind this muscular movie is director Chris Bell's willingness to go far beyond the call of duty.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
May 27, 2008
Bell finds the epitome of that tragedy in his own family and, in his first film, digs unflinchingly at its roots.
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Sara Cardace
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 27, 2008
...manages to be two films at once: One is an informative portrait of a power-hungry society; the other is an intensely gripping narrative of personal growth.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 23, 2008
A good documentary will take you places you didn't plan to go, but I didn't really expect that from Bigger, Stronger, Faster, an incisive and compulsively watchable look at America's love affair with steroids.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 22, 2008
More scrupulously reported than your average Michael Moore film but every bit as entertaining.