The Backyard

2002, Documentary, 1h 20m

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With the soaring popularity of the WWE in the late 1990s came a wave of amateurs who wanted to join their ranks, and this film chronicles the dangerous and often bloody wrestling matches that people would set up in their backyards for small audiences. Some of the participants are in it only for the adrenaline rush, while others look at the matches as a potential springboard to fame. This documentary features interviews with the wrestlers as well as their conflicted friends and family members.

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (5)

  • Tawdriness aside, The Backyard is remarkable for the intensity of the interviewees, who show a new kind of all-American gumption in the way they filter the mannerisms of low-rung celebrities through their own geeked-out, violent imaginations.

    March 14, 2007
  • Those who've wondered whether TV's WWF show wrestling might have a detrimental effect on impressionable youth will gloat over The Backyard.

    March 14, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Warped entertainment? Yes. Sophisticated? No. And that goes for the movie as well as for the participants.

    January 9, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Yes, it's hard to watch, but, like a train wreck, it's also hard not to.

    October 31, 2003
  • What is going on here? Most would say a lot of incredibly dangerous and stupid activity, and most of the people in this documentary not surprisingly seem none too bright.

    September 4, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • If you were depressed about the future of America before, you'll be doubly depressed after seeing this film.

    August 29, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Tawdriness aside, The Backyard is remarkable for the intensity of the interviewees, who show a new kind of all-American gumption in the way they filter the mannerisms of low-rung celebrities through their own geeked-out, violent imaginations.

    March 14, 2007
  • Those who've wondered whether TV's WWF show wrestling might have a detrimental effect on impressionable youth will gloat over The Backyard.

    March 14, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Warped entertainment? Yes. Sophisticated? No. And that goes for the movie as well as for the participants.

    January 9, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Yes, it's hard to watch, but, like a train wreck, it's also hard not to.

    October 31, 2003
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    January 10, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • It's unflinchingly honest (and unlike hysterical media reports on the phenomenon, balanced)

    October 9, 2003

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