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Boxing Gym (2010)

Boxing Gym (2010)



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The subject of the film is an Austin, Tex., institution, Lord's Gym, which was founded 20 years ago by Richard Lord, a former professional boxer. A wide variety of people of all ages, races, ethnicities and social classes train at the gym: men, women, children, doctors, lawyers, judges, business men and women, immigrants, professional boxers and people who want to become professional boxers alongside amateurs who love the sport and teenagers who are trying to develop strength and assertiveness. The gym is an example of the American -- melting pot -- where people meet, talk, and train.
Documentary , Special Interest , Sports & Fitness
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Critic Reviews for Boxing Gym

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (18)

Graceful and quietly inspiring.

Full Review… | February 4, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Even with no traditional narrative, there are wonderful discoveries to be made in Wiseman's film, which is a nice complement to the experienced director's ballet-themed last feature, "La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet."

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
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I find Wiseman's anti-narrative vow of chastity off-putting; I like a story with my pictures.

Full Review… | December 9, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Don't go to Boxing Gym expecting pugilistic melodrama about long-shot underdogs. There's not an ounce of fat or cliché in Frederick Wiseman's new documentary.

November 18, 2010
Dallas Morning News
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For legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman to follow La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet with a film set in a down-market Texas boxing gym seems unlikely -- until you see Boxing Gym, and how it and its subjects dance.

November 11, 2010
Seattle Times
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Frederick Wiseman must drive certain nonfiction filmmakers crazy. He makes it look too easy.

Full Review… | November 11, 2010
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Boxing Gym


Explores the world of a boxing gym in Austin, Texas, dwelling on the discipline of training as people from all walks of life aspire to reach their personal best. The film examines what violence looks like when it's a controlled outlet, as opposed to a spontaneous one. The only word of caution is that Boxing Gym is all without comment, letting the rhythm of the place tell the story, so be prepared to pay attention to everything you see and hear. One critic said of Boxing Gym: 'The soundscape is endlessly fascinating, a layer cake of squeaks, grunts, gasps, and rattling chains that, combined, catches a rhythm that sounds an awful lot like song'.

Jim Larrison
Jim Larrison

A simple premise, the interworkings of a boxing gym in Ausin, Texas. Just you and the people in the gym, but intriguing, poetic, and real.

Nicholus Chugg
Nicholus Chugg

Reflective and trancelike. Brilliant.

George Napper
George Napper

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