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Murderball Reviews

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Nick Rogers
September 19, 2010
There's little room for tears in the testosterone-riddled territory of quadriplegic rugby. "Murderball" spat on that power of the human spirit stuff and rolled along to a kick-ass showcase of not what spinal injury excluded, but what it enabled.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 21, 2010
a triumph of filmmaking: of structure, character development, and pacing
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
April 16, 2009
The quadriplegic rugby sport referred to as "Murderball" is lovingly examined in a well-crafted documentary that goes a long way toward showing the mental and physical fortitude of these wheelchair bound athletes who insist on living life to the fullest.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Richard Luck
August 4, 2008
Arguably the greatest sports movie since Hoop Dreams and When We Were Kings.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 4, 2008
Murderball is no Rocky-esque hymn to the human spirit. It's more like a prison movie...
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
June 21, 2008
Filmmakers Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro wisely chose a high-energy aesthetic to portray quadriplegic rugby (a.k.a. "Murderball") through the story of Mark Zupan and his American teammates battling for Paralympic gold.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 5, 2008
Even when the movie tries to shoe-horn its stories into the standard documentary mold, it serves to drive home the point: these guys aspire to the same clichés as the rest of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 26, 2007
An honest, down-to-earth account of how life goes on for people with disabilities.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 24, 2006
What emerges is more interesting, thankfully, than a linear offering of sporting triumph in the face of adversity.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
All of the men are striking examples of the indomitable human spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve O'Hagan
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
A leftfield sports documentary that's as insightful and thought-provoking as it is fast and furious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 9, 2006
Além de revelador e interessante, sua inteligente montagem prende a atenção do espectador através do desenvolvimento de seus "personagens" e do conflito entre os dois times principais.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
December 15, 2005
It's an ode to the indomitable stubbornness of people, really, to pursue what gets them off, no matter what it takes.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
November 26, 2005
Murderball doesn't want you to feel sorry for anyone. It wants the viewer to see them for who they are, not what they aren't. They're athletes with the same drive and passion for their sport as other athletes.
Joe Utichi
November 11, 2005
A deftly crafted window into a sport few know much about.
| Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
October 29, 2005
Most importantly, Murderball isn't afraid to depict its characters in a less than flattering light, so we really get a good feel for what each of the individuals are like.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Leyland
October 25, 2005
One of 2005's very best documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 22, 2005
Murderball is the best documentary I have seen in some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
October 19, 2005
tough, touching, exciting and surprisingly hilarious. The men profiled... take competition seriously, talk like jocks and don't shy away from partying or romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 7, 2005
Murderball and everyone portrayed in it are winners.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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