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Boxing Gym Reviews

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August 21, 2017
Wiseman captures these staccato polyrhythms both visually and sonically. There's not a lot of hitting here; he clearly delights in the sport's balletic beauty.
February 4, 2011
Graceful and quietly inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 24, 2010
In a year filled with angry, sociopolitical documentaries, it's my favorite.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
December 18, 2010
Proves once and for all that documentary heavyweight Frederick Wiseman's mesmerizing fly-on-the-wall filmmaking style -- in addition to being endlessly compelling -- is also infinitely adaptable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 9, 2010
I find Wiseman's anti-narrative vow of chastity off-putting; I like a story with my pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 18, 2010
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 18, 2010
Of a piece with Wiseman's filmmaking philosophy, and fits snugly into the whole of his work, even if...it's a relatively minor example of it, at least in terms of length.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 12, 2010
The soundscape, too, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 12, 2010
The film, which as usual eschews voice-overs and soundtrack music, is a chorus of labored breathing, an unblinking, at times beautiful recording of real-life,
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 11, 2010
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 11, 2010
Frederick Wiseman must drive certain nonfiction filmmakers crazy. He makes it look too easy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 11, 2010
Wiseman records the rituals of repetition (speed bag and footwork) in poetic long shots that often have two pugilists side by side, each unaware of the other. The cadence is both primal and hypnotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 9, 2010
Wiseman films it all without comment, letting the rhythm of the place tell the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 8, 2010
[N]one of the boxing movie stereotypes -- Wiseman has found in Austin a very unusual boxing gym. . .for a kind of physical therapy. . .The lack of violence is emphasized.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
November 5, 2010
Getting audiences outside the area of interest to "Boxing Gym" may be a tough sell, but anyone who appreciates the art of documentary filmmaking will be glad they bought. It's marvelous.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 5, 2010
We see multiple iterations of all manner of drills, and one of the pleasures of this film is that it understands that the more you look at something, the more mysterious and beautiful it becomes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 4, 2010
Frederick Wiseman has been making documentary films for nearly half a century and the quality and character of his works have always shown through. Boxing Gym is no exception and he shows the grace and beauty of recreational boxing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 29, 2010
The film examines what violence looks like when it's a controlled outlet, as opposed to a spontaneous one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 29, 2010
It's a boxing movie minus all the bull that usually goes with it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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