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The Last Gladiators Reviews

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Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Movies With Butter
March 15, 2013
In a way, this doc is Bully, grown up, and from the bully's perspective.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 21, 2013
Even if you're not a hockey fan, Nilan is a modest and insightful guy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 15, 2013
The opening sections of this film play like a greatest-hits clip collection, but when Gibney delves deeper into Nilan's personality, it's a magnetic portrait of a rinkside Raging Bull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
February 15, 2013
Reflecting the sweep of aggression that swallowed the game throughout the 20th century, Gibney tackles his points smartly, laboring to communicate the thrill of combat and the shock of retirement.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
February 13, 2013
Gibney celebrates hockey's fisticuff traditions while also recognizing how such brutality ultimately takes its greatest toll on those who perpetrate it.
Christopher Campbell
Film School Rejects
February 2, 2013
Gibney, always a master of the documentary interview, gives us another captivating talking head in Chris Nilan.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark Bell
Film Threat
February 1, 2013
It doesn't try to sell you on fighting in hockey, it just presents the environment, the personalities, and lets it all speak for itself...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
February 1, 2013
Gibney deserves credit for making a hockey film that the uninitiated can watch with interest, and for focusing on an issue even some hockey fans can't make up their minds about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
January 31, 2013
Pretty or not, the stories of dropped gloves and smashed faces shed some clarity on the game's violence ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 31, 2013
At his best, Gibney focuses on his subject and then explodes it outward. But with "The Last Gladiators," he's taken a rare misstep. There is undoubtedly a great story within the bruised history of NHL enforcers. Why, though, did he choose Chris Nilan's?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
January 30, 2013
Makes room for tender moments of reflection from a guy who, against impossible odds, still managed some victories, the biggest of which may be that he's still standing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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