Murderball Reviews

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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.
October 25, 2005
One of 2005's very best documentaries.
September 26, 2005
Few sports movies with a premise this powerful ever bother to dig this deep.
September 24, 2005
August 26, 2005
This offbeat documentary is inspiring and jaw-droppingly original.
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.
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.
July 29, 2005
Wheels us through an emotional obstacle course so rigorous and satisfying you'll be gulping for air by the end.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 23, 2005
The emotional resonance that results from the focus on several unique individuals is what makes this a worthwhile viewing experience.
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.
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.
July 22, 2005
Tough, terse, funny, ribald, and heartbreaking.
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.
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