Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Bigger, Stronger, Faster is a portrait of a culture that claims to hate steroids but may, by now, be too pumped to do much about it.
  2. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    90
    Bell's documentary is an absolute must see for anyone taking part in any kind of debate about steroids.
  3. Raucously funny and surprisingly insightful.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    90
    More scrupulously reported than your average Michael Moore film but every bit as entertaining, Bigger, Stronger, Faster* is as commercial as documentaries come.
  5. 88
    This movie is remarkable in that it seems to be interested only in facts.
  6. Reviewed by: Teddy Greenstein
    88
    Bell confronts Smelly, labeling him a cheater. But he also sympathizes with him, explaining, "There is a clash in America between doing the right thing and being the best."
  7. 83
    Entertaining and informative.
  8. 83
    Attempts to look beyond the hysteria and consider exactly how and why a culture that values physical power has internalized the idea that steroid use in sports is a scourge.
  9. This everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach not only makes for pacey entertainment, it also allows director Christopher Bell to delve deep into the matter at hand.
  10. Entertaining, smart and snappy, this terrific doc, a Sundance favorite, digs into the country's use of steroids and how it affects sports, pop culture and the self-image of young men.
  11. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    80
    Scrappy, remarkably expansive, crazily watchable.
  12. Bigger, Stronger, Faster* left me convinced that the steroid scandals will abate as the drugs are reluctantly accepted as inevitable products of a continuing revolution in biotechnology. Replaceable body parts, plastic surgery, anti-depressants, Viagra and steroids are just a few of the technological advancements in a never-ending drive to make the species superhuman.
  13. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    Perfectly reflects the range of this funny, disturbing and complex tale.
  14. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    78
    Full of revelations, all brought to light by Bell's good-natured, Michael Moore-lite dogging of athletes, health experts, government officials, and even his own parents.
  15. 75
    While Bell makes the point that pros account for about 85 percent of total usage, he is more interested in why others - including a guy with the world's biggest biceps, who admits they repulse women - are so driven to be Bigger, Stronger, Faster*.
  16. Reviewed by: Reyhan Harmanci
    75
    A smart, funny and edifying documentary.
  17. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    A hugely entertaining personal documentary about what steroids mean to American pop culture.
  18. He treats jocks like humans, not stars or superheroes, and in the end has managed something unique for documentaries these days: It's as entertaining as it is fair.
  19. Bell presides over this insightful, often droll survey like a sweeter, buffer version of Michael Moore, trolling gyms, universities, and Congress to grill assorted experts.
  20. It's an interesting and eye-opening journey.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. tonydjr
    Nov 19, 2008
    9
    Great movie! About family, choices, the grayness of heroes, and the conflict between the regulation and usage of steroids for athletes, Great movie! About family, choices, the grayness of heroes, and the conflict between the regulation and usage of steroids for athletes, regular joes, and the ill, who need it the most. Makes you wonder about atheletes, their choices, how others perceive them, and what you would do given their situation. Full Review »
  2. kelam
    Aug 1, 2008
    10
    This is the best documentary I have ever seen;far better than those dumbed down and biased movies of that judgmental prick Michael Moore
  3. Oct 2, 2012
    3
    Bigger, Stronger, Faster has been one of the most interesting documentaries I have seen recently. Not interesting in the sense that the filmBigger, Stronger, Faster has been one of the most interesting documentaries I have seen recently. Not interesting in the sense that the film maker presented a valid look into the hypocrisy of criticizing steroid use, but because he unknowingly created a film about his family's struggle with steroid use. This film is definitely one sided in favor of steroids and the way it's presented leaves you feeling like the primary goal for the film maker was to justify his brothers' use of steroids. I even suspected near the end that the film maker was still on the needle. Interviews are typically in favor of steroid use and even a majority of the people being interviewed are on steroids. The logic defending steroids in this film really holds no weight since it could be easily used to defend everything from crack to the behavior of financial institutions that caused the recession. So is it still cheating if everyone is doing it? Would you jump off a bridge if everyone was doing it? Full Review »