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January 9, 2014
This is top-notch filmmaking in terms of its technique and its humane spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2013
Few documentaries manage to show character arcs as full as the one Walker captures here.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
December 22, 2013
The hook of The Crash Reel is that it's about the rivalry between two famous American snowboarders, but in reality, Lucy Walker's slickly produced documentary is about one man's ongoing battle with himself -- on and off the slopes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2013
Ms. Walker doesn't go too deeply into the questions all this raises, but at least she broaches them. Are the sponsors of these athletes promoting recklessness by encouraging stars to push the limits?
December 13, 2013
The tale of a modern-day Icarus. His wings didn't melt, but his brain cracked. He lived, but he learned to question the trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 12, 2013
Much more than a sports film, Lucy Walker's Oscar-shortlisted The Crash Reel is a thrilling, inspiring, yet cautionary tale about extreme sports that never trades on sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 12, 2013
Director Lucy Walker's chronicle of how Pearce, his family and his friends grapple with their altered reality results in one of the year's best documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
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+
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
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.
October 1, 2013
Lucy Walker has assembled one of the great sporting docs - partly because its scope extends beyond the slopes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
July 4, 2013
Walker captures a seesaw exhilaration between the thrill of pushing one's limits and the pain of dreams cut short.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 7, 2013
Walker pulls off a spectacular feat ... balancing the needs of extreme sports vid and cautionary tale.
January 22, 2013
This compassionate account of the thrills and risks of extreme sports makes it required viewing for both aspirants and enthusiasts.