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Based on 15 Reviews
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  • 80
    David Hinckley New York Daily News

    What complicates and deepens Crash Reel, though, is that Walker doesn’t simply wag her finger like Mom telling you not to run with scissors. show more

  • 80
    Justin Lowe The Hollywood Reporter

    With a keen sense of the thrills of snowboarding, a cultivated understanding of the demands of the pro circuit and genuine compassion for the casualties of the sport, Walker’s particular talent in this film is in making the general more specific. show more

  • 100

    It’s thrilling for even a novice fan to watch Pearce. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The hook of The Crash Reel is that it’s about the rivalry between two famous American snowboarders, but in reality, Lucy Walker’s slickly produced documentary is about one man’s ongoing battle with himself – on and off the slopes. show more

  • 75
    Chuck Bowen Slant Magazine

    It compellingly captures a family wrestling mightily with the riddles and contradictions of a culture that promotes achievement at all costs with little thought as to what that actually means. show more

  • 80
    Henry Barnes The Guardian

    A crash reel – a greatest hits of a boarder's most dramatic falls – is meant to entertain. But Walker takes the cheap thrills of the format and flips it painfully on its head. show more

  • 80
    Trevor Johnston Time Out London

    Don’t be put off by the jock-ish ‘extreme sports’ subject matter, this is an insightful, deeply affecting journey of emotional discovery beyond the thrill of speed and the roar of the crowd. show more

  • 80
    Andrew Lapin The Dissolve

    Walker edits with an eye for poeticism, and at times her choices are unbearably painful. show more

  • 40
    Time Out New York

    With its high-energy music and graffiti-style graphics, The Crash Reel plays like the slick promos NBC uses to repackage every Olympian’s story into a pat narrative. show more

  • 91
    Kimber Myers The Playlist

    The Crash Reel can never be accused of being dry or boring, but Walker brings an energetic style that also complements its subject. show more

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