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Bound By Flesh Reviews

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
December 3, 2014
Leslie Zemeckis' documentary about their curious and ultimately sad lives is a fascinating snapshot of the era of nickel-a-peek circus sideshows.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
August 28, 2014
Stranger than fiction and fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Kogan
Chicago Tribune
August 28, 2014
Likely to stay with you forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Zach Hollwedel
Under the Radar
July 31, 2014
Bound By Flesh plays with a bygone showmanship that at times feels more like a celebrity gossip show on E! than a feature documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 18, 2014
I found it immensely touching that these women found it in themselves to keep plugging away.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
July 11, 2014
Zemeckis explores the tragic lives of the Hilton Sisters, conjoined twins paraded and exploited financially as so-called freaks in the heyday of carnival sideshows. Intimating as well twisted notions of fame, and the freak show roots of reality TV today.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
July 3, 2014
Both tragic and almost incomprehensibly strange.
| Original Score: 3/4
Witney Seibold
June 29, 2014
If you've ever had any interest in early American entertainment, the world of freak shows, or in the Hilton Sisters in particular, this is exactly the film you need.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2014
Leslie Zemeckis examines the strange, tragic, roller-coaster existence of famed conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton in the absorbing, well-crafted documentary "Bound by Flesh."
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 27, 2014
They were just people - which is why their story may not be that unique, and may even hide a few lessons for everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
June 26, 2014
It would be hard not to make a thought-provoking, heartstring-tugging film from this source material, and "Bound by Flesh" certainly tells the twins' story effectively ...
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 26, 2014
Zemeckis, who also made the 2010 burlesque chronicle "Behind the Burly Q," expands the Hiltons' biography into a fascinating history of the American sideshow.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dennis Harvey
April 14, 2014
An absorbing glimpse of a unique, largely forgotten showbiz chapter that spanned decades of great change in public tastes and popular media.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
April 14, 2014
A stirring documentary about an exploited pair of Siamese twins who attained notoriety and suffered tragically.
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