Knuckle

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A gritty documentary that captures the brutality and banality of bare-knuckle fights among Irish Travellers.

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An epic 12-year journey into in the world of an Irish Traveller community, Knuckle takes us inside their brutal, secretive and exhilarating bare-knuckle fighting lives. Chronicling a history of violent feuding between rival families, the story focuses on two brothers as they fight for their reputations and the honour of their family name. Brutal, yet captivating and ultimately moving, this unforgettable documentary offers an exclusive insight into the world of Irish Travellers and the lengths they will go to protect their family name. -- (C) Official Site

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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (16)

  • A deeply unsettling experience.

    Dec 13, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    indieWire
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  • Palmer's film is brutally compelling to look at, as the lads get down to face-rearranging, but it also carries a lot of tragic historical freight.

    Dec 9, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • While it's frustrating that Mr. Palmer doesn't dig deep into the complexities of the fights, one of the movie's strengths is the honesty with which he confesses his doubts about them.

    Dec 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • Though you will wish for more polish and insight, its unruly action is hard to resist.

    Dec 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Knuckle largely skirts exploitation, simply by virtue of showing this conflict perpetuate itself over so many years. Clans like the Quinn McDonaghs and the Joyces seem destined to fight for generations after they've forgotten their rationale.

    Dec 8, 2011 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    NPR
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  • While the film becomes slightly redundant, the anger and strife its characters cannot overcome is awful, poetic and, frankly, astonishing.

    Dec 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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