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Based on 14 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    A meditative state of a movie. While shorter-attention-spanned moviegoers should stick to "The Fighter," this is an interesting and enjoyable entry on the opposite side of the genre. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    This one is both demanding and extremely rewarding, because it's really a meditation on violence. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Wiseman films it all without comment, letting the rhythm of the place tell the story. show more

  • 50
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    The film captures the energy, the stresses and the tension of people striking punching bags and each other but without narration, it all feels a bit random and uninteresting. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Wiseman has made several films about both disability and dance, but this new one might be his most hypnotic, rhythmically assembled observation of corporeal expression. show more

  • 88
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    A documentary that is equal parts sweet science, brutal art and masterful filmmaking. show more

  • 100
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Indeed, you leave the film feeling like Wiseman has given you a glimpse of one of those ephemeral ports in a storm to which all of us retreat at times. show more

  • 70
    Boxoffice Magazine

    Wiseman's approach will surprise none of his veteran viewers: no voiceover, no real narrative, just a pure evocation of a place that acts both as a specific site and a microcosm of a larger sphere. show more

  • 67
    Kimberley Jones Austin Chronicle

    Far more engrossing are the long, dialogue-free stretches that fix on, say, bobbing feet or curled fists on a speed bag. The soundscape, too, is endlessly fascinating, a layer cake of squeaks, grunts, gasps, and rattling chains that, combined, catches a rhythm that sounds an awful lot like song. show more

  • 100
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    A riveting and unexpectedly inspiring essay on the peace that comes from shared physical and mental concentration. show more

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