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The Last Gladiators Reviews

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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
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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.
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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