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The Crash Reel Reviews

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Calum Marsh
Paste Magazine
December 17, 2013
Walker's strategy yields drama on par with a scripted thriller ... But what's missing, I think, is a moral sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sam Adams
Time Out
December 11, 2013
With its high-energy music and graffiti-style graphics, The Crash Reel plays like the slick promos NBC uses to repackage every Olympian's story into a pat narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
February 5, 2014
The Crash Reel is an affecting reminder of how suddenly circumstances can turn on us. But it's also an inspiring look at how we can deal with even the most hobbling bad luck.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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John Teti
AV Club
December 12, 2013
While there is an actual "crash reel" in the film, the title speaks more to Pearce's interminable sense of reeling.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jordan Adler
We Got This Covered
December 11, 2013
The Crash Reel is an insightful and deeply affecting look at the hazardous world of extreme sports, through the lens of ill-fated snowboarder Kevin Pearce.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kimber Myers
The Playlist
December 13, 2013
Amidst all the trauma that had me crying more than once throughout the film...I was amazed by the incredible feats performed by the athletes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 3, 2013
An inspiring and compelling documentary about the risks of extreme sports with a focus on snowboarder Kevin Pearce.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dorothy Rabinowitz
Wall Street Journal
July 12, 2013
In its picture of the family constellation lies all of the film's strength, all testimony to its ambition, its capacity to fascinate with a revelation, an unexpected digression from the drama's main focus.
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Inkoo Kang
Village Voice
December 10, 2013
The Crash Reel movingly captures the athlete's difficult acceptance of the fact that he can no longer practice the sport that made him a world champion.
Allison Loring
Film School Rejects
December 22, 2013
The Crash Wheel makes a valiant effort to bring wider awareness to some of the bigger issues surrounding these extreme sports, but the film is strongest when it is simply Pearce's story.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
October 3, 2013
The charm of director Lucy Walker's creation is she allows the sport that elevated Pearce to take the audience on a ride too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
October 11, 2013
With no miraculous recovery to fall back on, the story simply has nowhere to go. And that's precisely the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Lapin
The Dissolve
December 10, 2013
The sense of praying for a professional athlete to please, please not mount a comeback is what makes The Crash Reel so terrifying and so compulsively watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette
December 19, 2013
The Crash Reel may not be all fun and games, but it is necessary viewing for any snowboarding enthusiasts who brazenly put their lives on the line.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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December 22, 2013
Few documentaries manage to show character arcs as full as the one Walker captures here.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
December 22, 2013
Jawdropping and jawbreaking stunts performed by professional snowboarders open Lucy Walker's latest documentary, but it is the aftermath of accidents that form the powerfully disturbing core of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 30, 2014
Walker's most fine-tuned character-driven documentary yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
December 9, 2013
It compellingly captures a family wrestling mightily with the riddles and contradictions of a culture that promotes achievement at all costs with little thought as to what that actually means.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Henry Barnes
Guardian
June 13, 2013
The Crash Reel is an atypical sports movie. It's about placing your ambition on the back burner, about winning through giving up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 9, 2014
Surprising and moving, it's a nonfiction wonder.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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