Generation Iron (2013)



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Directed and Written by Vlad Yudin, GENERATION IRON is produced by Yudin and Edwin Mejia. Jerome Gary, producer of the cult classic PUMPING IRON, which helped make Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name, was also tapped to executive produce. GENERATION IRON provides insight into the professional sport of bodybuilding today and follows these men as they compete on the International stage. Yudin followed seven current athletes from around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, Japan, and Germany. (C) Vlader Company
PG-13 (for thematic material and brief strong language)
Documentary , Drama , Special Interest , Sports & Fitness
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Mickey Rourke
as Narrator, voice)
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Critic Reviews for Generation Iron

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

For a documentary about extreme discipline, the filmmakers lack restraint: the movie, about 20 minutes too long, undercuts much of its own momentum.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
New York Times
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The oversized men who compete for the title of Mr. Olympia in this illuminating documentary are articulate and serious-minded, with some muscling through adversity to find a way to their dreams.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
New York Daily News
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"Iron" opens a window to an exclusive club and gives valuable insight into a small, dedicated and proudly unique community.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
Washington Post
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Yudin's deft cameras admiringly capture these iconically sculpted men without overly objectifying them, should the prospect of eyeballing all that posing-strapped beef give any potential viewers pause.

Full Review… | September 18, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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A gorgeous meditation on age-old existential concerns.

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
Village Voice
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...just about enough memorable quotes, eloquence, personality, and pathos to divert even those of us with no interest in sport.

Full Review… | March 30, 2014
FILMINK (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Generation Iron


While not as fun as the movie it draws inspiration, Generation Iron gives a close up on a sports, and a lifestyle, that remains as interested as it was 40 years ago.

Michael Harper
Michael Harper

I heard about this film from a friend who went to the European premiere at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival where the sold-out screening was held at the 650 seat Bremen Teater. This is very engaging documentary film which follows the world's best bodybuilders as they train and compete for the coveted Mr. Olympia title. I was never a great fan of this type of activity, but having a front row seat to find out about the lives of the top seven bodybuilders in the sport, including Phil Heath, Kai Greene, Branch Warren and Dennis Wolf, was simply, amazing! And, when you have a guy like Mickey Rourke to narrate the film is always pleasant! I enjoyed the appearances by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and Jay Cutler, as well It seems that Generation Iron had the biggest documentary opening of 2013, and held position as the #1 documentary in the US at the box office for three straight weeks after its September 20 release. No wonder. The director Vlad Yudin made everything to bring us the reality show "circus" feel to the documentary screen and it kept going with no major flows, of course, if you like reality shows! It was educational regarding the competitors themselves, their struggles, thoughts... but never went into details of the diet or any of the competitor's workout regimens. Well, maybe this is the product of the times. Nobody is interested in depth anymore. It is entertainment, and entertains really good!

Panta Oz
Panta Oz

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Well-made, definitive "day in the life" of modern bodybuilders. Not sure why I kept falling asleep watching it. Also a nit: it didn't touch on the vanity that must at some point drive these folks.

Jason Graff
Jason Graff

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