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Based on 23 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    A skillful exposition of the pain of pro wrestling, and the high price participants pay in terms of physical and ego injuries. show more

  • 75
    Staff [Not Credited] USA Today

    The match winners and losers may be preordained, but these modern-day gladiators bleed plenty of real blood. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Doesn't flinch from the serious stuff. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Stay far, far away unless you can handle the copious amounts of blood--and agonizing psychological problems-- that its participants face on what seems like a daily basis. show more

  • 88
    Baltimore Sun

    What the film does, brilliantly, is provoke the intelligent fan to wonder if there's a limit to how far the proceedings can go. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert 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. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Suggests that professional wrestling is more than a multibillion-dollar industry: It's also a way of life. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick 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. show more

  • 75
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Wrestling gets in America's face and Blaustein gets in wrestling's face. It's a fascinating tango. show more

  • 50
    John Petrakis Chicago Tribune

    Surprisingly lacking in revelatory moments. show more

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