The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

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In its first 25 years only 10 people have finished The Barkley Marathons. Based on a historic prison escape, this cult like race tempts people from around the world to test their limits of physical and mental endurance in this documentary that contemplates the value of pain.

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  • Codirectors Timothy Kane and Annika Iltis provide helpful graphics between scenes and provide plenty of context as to why one would choose to push one's body and mind to their breaking points.

    Jan 28, 2016 | Full Review…
  • An insanely difficult endurance race that few have ever finished is chronicled in this delightful documentary.

    Nov 30, 2015 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • The movie runs out of eccentricity capital and becomes just another contest documentary about determined participants - in this case, mostly obsessive young white men - and the well-worn narrative of defeat or accomplishment.

    Nov 27, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Irreverent homespun Zen gives this doc zing.

    Nov 26, 2015 | Full Review…
  • It's hard to care when you can't connect to the characters. Organizer Lake, however, gets tons of screen time to offer smug commentary, every second of which is infuriating.

    Nov 25, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A little long on hype, but longer on the quirks and eccentricities of this oddball ultra-marathon in the mountains of Tennessee

    Nov 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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