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Based on 9 Reviews
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  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Fightville, you had me at "gladiator school." show more

  • 75
    Michael Nordine Slant Magazine

    Fightville's most worthwhile material tends to lie in the space between what its subjects say and what we know to be true. show more

  • 50
    Stephen Cole The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The mistake filmmakers Tucker and Epperlein (Gunner Palace) make here is assuming that fighters reveal their true characters in discussing their craft, when in fact just the opposite occurs. show more

  • 40
    David Fear Time Out New York

    Fightville doesn't pummel you with outsider viewpoints - it doesn't seem to display much of a point of view at all. show more

  • 70
    Robert Abele Los Angeles Times

    By the end, Fightville feels authentic about this world, where success may be measured in wins, but the balance of unrelenting brutality and self-discipline needed for those wins is a trickier equation. show more

  • 70
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    Spiked with energy and attitude, the nonfiction movie Fightville takes a fast look at a few men who, for pleasure and sometimes profit, like to smack and take down other men while practicing mixed martial arts. show more

  • 50
    Nick Pinkerton Village Voice

    The language of ground-and-pound fighting remains untranslated for those not fluent in MMA, though ample space is given to the men's discussion of their individual warrior philosophies, illustrated with quotes from Nietzsche, P.T. Barnum, and Virgil. show more

  • 50

    Ready-to-order fan base certainly means exposure, but helmers Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein aren't interested in glorifying the gore of ultimate fighting as much as revealing its heart. show more

  • 75
    Scott Tobias The A.V. Club

    The dramatic stakes are high in Fightville, and Epperlein and Tucker shine a little light on the margins of this marginalized sport. show more

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