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Up for Grabs Reviews

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 6, 2005
The longer the case drags on, the more you may begin to wish that, somehow, both sides lose.
| Original Score: 2/4
Angel Cohn
TV Guide
May 6, 2005
While the material is interesting, it's not substantial enough to sustain a feature-length treatment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Anita Gates
New York Times
May 6, 2005
The film spends a little too much time on the fates of previous home run balls in general.
Bill Gallo
New Times
May 12, 2014
Michael Wranovics' well-meant documentary about the absurd legal battle over the ownership of the baseball Barry Bonds hit for his season-record 73rd home run, back in 2001, is instantly overshadowed by subsequent events.
Nina MacLaughlin
Boston Phoenix
August 13, 2005
Wranovics reveals the absurdity of it all without being preachy; he even makes it hard to decide who the bigger weasel is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 1, 2007
Up For Grabs, a buoyant documentary by Michael Wranovics, touches three bases of contemporary life: greed, litigiousness and a fixation with fame, however fleeting, that rises to the level of dementia.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 30, 2005
Michael Wranovics wove a thrilling story out of the matchup with deft research, glowing humanity and inert humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 6, 2004
Sometimes the most fascinating stories come from the most trivial of places, and this lesson is perpetually evident throughout the addictively entertaining Up For Grabs
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 16, 2005
Hilarious, inventive documentary.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
June 14, 2005
A mockumentary with real people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
July 29, 2005
The film keeps a straight face, letting the story's hilarious triviality speak for itself, and neither of the litigants comes off that well, though Wranovics cleverly changes our opinions of both as the complicated tale goes on.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
A crackerjack documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
December 1, 2005
Wranovics tells his parable with a great sense of wit and a bit of bemusement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
December 24, 2005
you can't help but get sucked into this powerful story
| Original Score: 4/5
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
April 6, 2004
Michael Wranovics has crafted an addictively engrossing documentary about the lengths some members of society will go to claim their piece of the pie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 24, 2005
A wry social commentary about contemporary life for those caught up in celebrity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 5, 2005
Director Michael Wranovics does a deft job of keeping things moving, eccentric and nutty: After all, where else, and under what other circumstances, could someone say 'he caught it' about Popov in a singles bar and have women flock around him?
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 6, 2005
Michael Wranovics' highly enertaining documentary Up for Grabs is a wry, Rashomon-like tale.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 6, 2005
Michael Wranovics' documentary replays this sorry chapter in all-American greed in glorious detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 17, 2005
It definitely has entertainment value, providing of course that you're able to find amusement in greed, duplicity and expensive litigation.
| Original Score: B
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