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Murderball Reviews

August 4, 2008
Murderball is no Rocky-esque hymn to the human spirit. It's more like a prison movie...
March 26, 2007
An honest, down-to-earth account of how life goes on for people with disabilities.
June 24, 2006
What emerges is more interesting, thankfully, than a linear offering of sporting triumph in the face of adversity.
September 26, 2005
Few sports movies with a premise this powerful ever bother to dig this deep.
August 26, 2005
This offbeat documentary is inspiring and jaw-droppingly original.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 29, 2005
Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro ... pack an amazing amount of storytelling into these 86 minutes, alternating between several distinct narrative threads to create a documentary as engrossing as any fictional movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 29, 2005
The frank lack of condescension and mean moments of Murderball make it more than a film about sports or quadriplegics: It becomes a movie about life, about struggle, about pain, bitterness and pushing forward.
Read More | Original Score: A
July 29, 2005
Wheels us through an emotional obstacle course so rigorous and satisfying you'll be gulping for air by the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 29, 2005
None of this is treated as anything but what it is: trying to get the most out of life by --- to paraphrase the famous Warren Zevon hockey tribute -- getting the ball, keeping it and trying to hurt somebody.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 29, 2005
I don't know whether directors Henry Alex Rubin and Dan Adam Shapiro set out to show the jock mentality with such clarity, but that's precisely what their gripping movie does.
Read More | Original Score: B+
July 28, 2005
While the game itself is enough to hold viewers' interest, the filmmakers go much further. They delve into the psyche of the players.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 26, 2005
Their game is ugly, raucously verbal, overtly physical and, as displayed in Murderball's rapid-pace editing, a heck of a lot of fun to watch.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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
July 22, 2005
It's the best sports documentary since Hoop Dreams, a great piece of work.
July 22, 2005
Ultimately, the film is an affectionately manly tribute to these athletes, for whom every game -- and every day -- is a triumph.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 22, 2005
In less than an hour and a half, the athletes profiled in the documentary will frustrate you, amaze you, make you laugh and make you cry -- but you'll never feel sorry for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 22, 2005
Tough, terse, funny, ribald, and heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 21, 2005
[Rubin and Shapiro] were good enough to recognize wheelchair rugby as a prime documentary topic and lucky enough to uncover a collection of human stories that makes Murderball more than just another sports movie.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 21, 2005
One of the most powerful films of the year.
July 21, 2005
This is a tremendously life-affirming film that will be remembered as one of the year's best.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
July 21, 2005
Murderball has all the ingredients of a powerful sports documentary: magnetic characters, triumph over adversity and bone-crunching action shots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 18, 2005
Brilliant filmmaking. Each of the stories, very interesting
July 15, 2005
Murderball's most impressive blow is the one it strikes against feel-good stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 15, 2005
Entertaining jock-umentary.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 14, 2005
It's original, outrageous and murderous fun.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 9, 2005
The fast-moving, psychologically savvy Murderball treats its subjects not only with respect, but with humor.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 9, 2005
The personal and athletic dramas surrounding the team are sufficiently absorbing that you relate to Soares, Zupan and the film's other characters principally as charismatic, driven and often pigheaded guys locked in ruthless competition.
July 8, 2005
Murderball brilliantly captures the intensity of the little-known athletic competition, offering more intimacy and drama than most Hollywood sports movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 8, 2005
Even though Murderball founders in the sports department, it's a champ as a character-driven piece of entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 8, 2005
When it comes to sports movies, there's nothing like the real thing, and there's never been anything quite as real as the documentary Murderball.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 7, 2005
... gripping sports documentary ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 7, 2005
Rubin and Shapiro have crafted the best of this year's sports films -- fiction or documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 7, 2005
A great sports drama first and a heart-wrenching triumph-over-adversity weepie almost never.
July 7, 2005
You're roused from your seats by men who aren't able to get up from theirs. How cool is that?
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 6, 2005
The filmmaking is as strong as the subject matter, with an elegant structure. And that's something that can't be said of every entry in this nonfiction boom.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 6, 2005
What keeps Murderball from devolving into redemptive drivel is its insistence on treating the players it profiles as jocks first and disabled men second.
April 7, 2005
Murderball isn't a great sports movie, but it does a superb job of getting inside the heads of some of the most compelling, and highly unlikely, athletes ever caught on film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 2, 2005
A blast and a half -- as entertaining as mainstream American docus get.
February 5, 2005
Bring[s] viewers into the world of the severely handicapped without any high-mindedness or sentimentality.