Critic Reviews

73

Metascore

Based on 23 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
90
Variety
A gently and genuinely observed film whose subject is a garish, artificial display of mayhem.
78
A center ring extravaganza of smackdown movie entertainment
75
Boston Globe
Wrestling gets in America's face and Blaustein gets in wrestling's face. It's a fascinating tango.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
Isn't a slick documentary; some of it feels like Blaustein's home movie about being a wrestling fan. But it has a hypnotic quality.
75
Miami Herald
Suggests that professional wrestling is more than a multibillion-dollar industry: It's also a way of life.
75
New York Post
Doesn't shy from the ugly side, though it's far from the no-holds-barred exposé being touted in the ads.
75
USA Today
The match winners and losers may be preordained, but these modern-day gladiators bleed plenty of real blood.
70
Film.com
Takes an easy target and turns it into something naggingly weird.
70
A behind-the-scenes documentary that manages to be unabashedly sympathetic without being a puff piece.
70
L.A. Weekly
Blaustein's journey seems not to have shaken his convictions; he still embraces pro wrestling, warts and all.

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