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Fightville Reviews

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 19, 2012
Ms. Epperlein and Mr. Tucker have talent and resolve - they spent months shooting "Fightville," a commitment that's scarcely evident - which makes the movie's superficiality all the more frustrating.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 21, 2012
The bumpy road to success as a mixed martial arts fighter is ambiguously investigated in this amateurish documentary by the directing/editing team of Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 17, 2012
In characterizing both fighters and their sport, directors Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker rarely break down defenses to surpass superficiality.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
April 19, 2012
An up-close but superficial portrait of aspiring MMA stars as they fight their way through the Cajun Country regional circuit.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
April 6, 2012
If only there was more of Dustin and his colleagues' back story in Fightville, the fight film might have been a real knockout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Fear
Time Out
April 17, 2012
It doesn't seem to display much of a point of view at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
April 19, 2012
Aside from illustrating the rigors of training, Fightville doesn't offer much else, other than a look at the small-time quality of this circuit.
Michael Nordine
Slant Magazine
April 16, 2012
Fightville's most worthwhile material tends to lie in the space between what its subjects say and what we know to be true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
April 20, 2012
...not an investigative documentary but a celebration of a subculture which is aided by an excellent technical package...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 20, 2012
'Fightville," you had me at "gladiator school."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
April 21, 2012
A shrewdly observed MMA doc [that's] the equivalent of an unexpectedly delightful conversation with a potluck-seated dinner companion with whom you thought you might have nothing in common.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
April 5, 2012
The process is bloody, raw and often emotional, and the fights themselves shocking in their brutality, as the cameras follow the young Turks who do battle for a few hundred dollars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2012
"Fightville" feels authentic about this world, where success may be measured in wins, but the balance of unrelenting brutality and self-discipline needed for those wins is a trickier equation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eugene Novikov
Cinematical
April 24, 2012
An exhilarating sports documentary and a levelheaded, piercingly intelligent treatment of a touchy subject.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 7, 2011
Fightville looks at cage fighting as a means to identity and an unending sales pitch, and also at the products sold, that is, vulnerable young men. Certainly, they don't see themselves as such.
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
April 6, 2012
It's not for the squeamish -- the cage matches get pretty messy -- but just about everyone else should find something to appreciate.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 19, 2012
The filmmakers take a mostly effective Hoop Dreams approach in showing how young hopefuls test the limits of their abilities and their economic situation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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