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  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    While the film becomes slightly redundant, the anger and strife its characters cannot overcome is awful, poetic and, frankly, astonishing. show more

  • 70
    Stephen Farber The Hollywood Reporter

    Palmer keeps his focus tightly on the families, which makes the movie admirably unpretentious but also incomplete. Nevertheless, the picture has a vibrant central character in James McDonagh, the leading fighter in the clan who begins to question the rites of violence. show more

  • 60
    Scott Tobias NPR

    For all their brutality, the fights are so seductive and exciting that their consequences - the physical and mental toll exacted from the men and their families - sometimes fail to register. show more

  • 88
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    With Knuckle, Palmer offers a thorough -- and extraordinarily compelling -- portrait of the Travellers. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Thick-necked, booze-loving and angry men beat each other with their naked fists: so far, so Irish. But the feuding clans in the documentary Knuckle actually think their habits of antagonizing one another can be fixed by just one more problem-solving brawl. show more

  • 50
    Bill Weber Slant Magazine

    A documentary of bareknuckle fights among feuding Irish Traveller clans can't give the participants' self-perpetuating, dead-end rivalry the scope of tragedy. show more

  • 80
    David Parkinson Empire

    Chock full of larger-than-life characters, it's an enthralling insight into a raw, bloodied world. show more

  • 40
    David Fear Time Out New York

    Palmer's acknowledgement of his own involvement in, and thrill at watching, these events speaks volumes, but simply showing generations of pasty, fat men pounding each other to a pulp shouldn't be mistaken for an in-depth exploration of Gaelic machismo. show more

  • 78
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Knuckle is the real deal, with the strapping, brutally human Traveller clans butting heads with not only one another but with the very future of their subculture's existence. show more

  • 75
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    With the exception of a few candid moments featuring James at home, Knuckle isn't particularly well-made, but there's an inherently fascinating quality to the material. show more

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