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Hands on a Hard Body Reviews

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Michael Szymanski
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
David Poland
Hot Button
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 0/5
Emanuel Levy
August 11, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
August 27, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The result is a quirky human interest story about the need for Texans to drive a pickup.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
David N. Butterworth
January 1, 2000
It's absolutely fascinating watching what some people will subject themselves to for a free lunch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Scrappy, likable, and immensely absorbing.
June 15, 2001
Tales of Texas don't get any weirder than true-tales of Texas, and Hands on a Hard Body joins the ranks of well-done, weird documentaries.
Full Review| Original Score: 5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
One of the best documentaries ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Bindler's ode to human dedication and endurance in the strangest of circumstances is a rough, unpolished gem of documentary filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Anita Gates
New York Times
January 1, 2000
These may not be people whom moviegoers think they want to spend time with, but this is accomplished documentary making, finding universal lessons in determination, struggle, planning, persistence and the relationship of mind and body.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
Bindler's attitude is absolutely right. He doesn't satirize: he observes, and leaves the satirical view as an option for us.
Russell Smith
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/5
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat
January 1, 2000
Far and away the most hysterical and engaging documentary since Spinal Tap, only this was for real.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's engaging as a non-drama of people doing nothing, but suffering a lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
On the one hand, the Hands on a Hard Body contest seems a horrible exploitation of needy people as a publicity stunt to promote a car dealership; on the other, the film reveals an endearing piece of Americana.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film Threat
May 11, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Entertainment Weekly
July 10, 1998
Full Review | Original Score: B
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