Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers (2010)




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Brutal Beauty: Tales Of The Rose City Rollers tells the story of Portland, Oregon's women's roller derby league, the Rose City Rollers. For more than a year and a half, an embedded film crew documented the thrills and spills of derby life. Through unlimited access to team bouts, practices and the private lives of the players, Brutal Beauty puts the viewer on the inside track to this high-contact, and sometimes dangerous, sport. In their own words, the Rose City Rollers tell how roller derby saved their souls. -- (C) Cinema Purgatorio
Documentary , Sports & Fitness
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Critic Reviews for Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

It's a lot of fun, but it's not the whole story.

Full Review… | November 11, 2010
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The scrappy, admiring Brutal Beauty is an energetic personality parade of some of the sport's die-hards.

Full Review… | September 30, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Mabry makes a convincing case that roller derby is more than just a hobby - it's a chance for the everywoman to develop the alter ego she's always wished she had.

Full Review… | September 30, 2010
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Documentary about women's roller-derby in Portland, Ore., showcases a talented new director but doesn't disclose its executive producer's ties to the organization, making objectivity suspect.

Full Review… | December 17, 2010
Film Journal International

This is all fine, but it doesn't add up to much. There's no through-story here, just a collection of observations.

September 16, 2010
Kansas City Star

Audience Reviews for Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers


This is a well-worth seeing documentary. The footage was engaging throughout and the soundtrack well-thought out. The director did a fantastic job of pulling out the passion of each player on and off the track. We get an authentic view of the workings of the girl-powered sport of roller derby and the generation it has touched. Well done.

Robyn McGlade
Robyn McGlade

Excellent look at this intense sport and the amazing women who dedicate themselves to the sport. Realistic and intimate look at some of the players. Fun to watch!

patricia faris
patricia faris

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