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Murderball Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 21, 2005
Murderball begins unflinchingly hardcore... but quickly goes the touchy-feely route.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Fienberg
July 9, 2005
Murderball is a nonfiction film for people who generally hate documentaries, but I'm not convinced that it's a good documentary for people who love the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 21, 2005
As a sports documentary, Murderball is tame and uninvolving.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 24, 2005
Rubin and Shapiro don't patronize their subjects or their audience, portraying the players realistically and sympathetically but without kid gloves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 26, 2005
This offbeat documentary is inspiring and jaw-droppingly original.
| Original Score: 5/5
July 7, 2005
Murderball isn't just one of the year's best documentaries, it's one of the year's best movies period.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.2/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 26, 2005
Unflinching, level-headed and filled with compelling characters, Murderball is an exuberant testament to the joys of being alive and tingling with physical confidence.
| Original Score: A
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 21, 2005
To consider the bleak months and sleepless nights when these men first confronted the reality of their injuries, and now to see them in the full force of athletic exuberance, is to learn something valuable about the human will.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
July 23, 2005
The emotional resonance that results from the focus on several unique individuals is what makes this a worthwhile viewing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 28, 2005
This is not heartwarming, cuddly, or safe. it is bracing, brash, harsh, and angry. And it is thrilling.
| Original Score: B+
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 31, 2005
Not only one of the most gripping and flat-out entertaining documentaries you're ever likely to see, it's also one of the best sports movies in existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Rocchi
July 28, 2005
A game -- and the people who play it -- comes to bruising, bold life in one of the year's best documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 5, 2005
Bring[s] viewers into the world of the severely handicapped without any high-mindedness or sentimentality.
Edward Douglas
July 7, 2005
The first sports documentary where you can really feel the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 18, 2005
Brilliant filmmaking. Each of the stories, very interesting
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 28, 2005
Poignant and funny and suspenseful.
| Original Score: 4/4
Eric D. Snider
April 20, 2005
Every bit as exciting, funny, heartwarming and uplifting as any Hollywood sports movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 22, 2005
It's the best sports documentary since Hoop Dreams, a great piece of work.
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
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
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