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  • Summary: BIG RIVER MAN is the story of Martin Strel, the world record holding endurance swimmer, and his attempt to be the first person to swim the mighty Amazon River. (Earthworks Films Inc.)
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
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  1. As his attention to detail and beauty shots prove, Mr. Maringouin has a terrific eye: he brings you close to Mr. Strel, sometimes within panting distance, without forgetting the larger, lovelier world.
  2. Strel is one strange duck, and you can only wonder that Werner Herzog, with his fondness for captivating weirdos, didn't get to him first.
  3. An odd and irresistible documentary.
  4. 75
    Strel's 2007 adventures on and in the Amazon are detailed in John Maringouin's fun documentary Big River Man.
  5. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    70
    The real drama lies in the sweetly twisted symbiosis between this likable, infuriating wreck of a man and his devoted son and publicist, Borut.
  6. 60
    For better or worse, that detour into proverbial uncharted waters ends up hipchecking a by-the-book hagiography into the realm of compellingly cracked vérité.
  7. Reviewed by: Whitney Borup
    50
    It is always unclear what the film is really about.
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