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Fightville Reviews

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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
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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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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
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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
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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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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
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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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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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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