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Generation Iron Reviews

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Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
March 30, 2014
...just about enough memorable quotes, eloquence, personality, and pathos to divert even those of us with no interest in sport.
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
March 18, 2014
It's mostly a polite, controlling-authority-approved peek into the world of competition bodybuilding, though not enough to dissuade fans from taking a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Aaron Yap
March 16, 2014
Suffers from a reality TV-ish veneer in its decided lack of depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jake Wilson
Sydney Morning Herald
March 12, 2014
While Yudin gives us plenty of room to laugh at them, he also acknowledges their capacity to inspire awe - not only at their bulging muscles, but at their willingness to go all the way with the infantile wish to look bigger than anyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael A. Smith
December 1, 2013
Yudin gets into the psyches of his subjects. Their ups and downs, highs and lows. The need to do well in competitions not only for personal glory but for the sponsorships that feed their families and keep them in the gym.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 8, 2013
Well-crafted, sympathetic and apparently fairly honest, but not as novel as it would have been in the pre-reality TV era, when the home lives of participants in obsessive family units and strange subcultures weren't an entertainment staple.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 17, 2013
... we are left to consider natural gifts versus applied science, and ponder why we usually credit the former more than the latter. Like all good stories, this movie about bodybuilding is really about much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Louis Black
Austin Chronicle
October 4, 2013
The film ends up being about much more than itself, much more than just bodybuilding or bodybuilders. Although a bit overlong, it is really a triumph of intelligent, strategic filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
September 22, 2013
Suspenseful, well-edited and adequately illuminating without being too heavy or dry
Full Review | Original Score: 7.65/10
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Nicole Herrington
New York Times
September 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
September 19, 2013
"Iron" opens a window to an exclusive club and gives valuable insight into a small, dedicated and proudly unique community.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Schager
The Dissolve
September 19, 2013
Yudin's decision to opt for a wide-ranging collection of shallow portraits sabotages any chance of learning something meaningful or profound about these men.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
September 17, 2013
A gorgeous meditation on age-old existential concerns.
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