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Born and Bred Reviews

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 18, 2011
The fights are unexciting and the brothers uncharismatic, yet the film finds a soft, soulful center...
| Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
August 17, 2011
By valuing the complexity of individuals' stories over superficial competition drama, Born and Bred bucks the unwelcome nonfiction trend fostered by Spellbound.
David Noh
Film Journal International
August 19, 2011
Although done to death, there's a great subject here, unfortunately buried by its director's indifferent skills and overall poor choices.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
August 19, 2011
As he tells the story of a pair of teenage brothers looking to qualify for the Olympic boxing team and an even younger fighter trying to overcome a troubled childhood, Frimmer in essence loses the forest for the trees.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
August 18, 2011
Born and Bred bungles a promising subject with an overreliance on suspiciously on-the-nose, thesis-spouting talking heads.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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S. James Snyder
Time Out
August 17, 2011
[Frimmer's] meandering, repetitive interviews dilute the sport's intensity, while his rigorously linear approach buries the suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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