Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nov 27, 2010
    100
    A riveting and unexpectedly inspiring essay on the peace that comes from shared physical and mental concentration.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Oct 21, 2010
    90
    This one is both demanding and extremely rewarding, because it's really a meditation on violence.
  3. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Nov 11, 2010
    88
    Wiseman has made several films about both disability and dance, but this new one might be his most hypnotic, rhythmically assembled observation of corporeal expression.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Oct 23, 2010
    91
    He is the least intrusive of great directors, and Boxing Gym, which is about a gym in Austin, Texas, is so offhandedly observant that, for a while, you may wonder if much of anything is really going on.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 22, 2010
    60
    Wiseman films it all without comment, letting the rhythm of the place tell the story.
  6. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Oct 21, 2010
    90
    Pugilists and philosophers of all kinds converge in Frederick Wiseman's mesmerizing documentary Boxing Gym.
  7. Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    Oct 21, 2010
    90
    Boxing Gym is a companion piece of sorts to "La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet," Wiseman's previous doc that played Film Forum last fall. It's not simply that boxing and ballet are understood as kindred activities. Boxing Gym is itself a dance movie-which is to say, a highly formalized exercise in choreographed activity.
  8. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Oct 21, 2010
    83
    Viewers' interest in Boxing Gym will likely wax and wane, depending on their interest in martial arts.
  9. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Nov 12, 2010
    67
    Far more engrossing are the long, dialogue-free stretches that fix on, say, bobbing feet or curled fists on a speed bag. The soundscape, too, is endlessly fascinating, a layer cake of squeaks, grunts, gasps, and rattling chains that, combined, catches a rhythm that sounds an awful lot like song.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Dec 11, 2010
    88
    A documentary that is equal parts sweet science, brutal art and masterful filmmaking.
  11. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Oct 21, 2010
    100
    Indeed, you leave the film feeling like Wiseman has given you a glimpse of one of those ephemeral ports in a storm to which all of us retreat at times.
  12. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Dec 22, 2010
    75
    A meditative state of a movie. While shorter-attention-spanned moviegoers should stick to "The Fighter," this is an interesting and enjoyable entry on the opposite side of the genre.
  13. Reviewed by: Ray Bennett
    Oct 21, 2010
    50
    The film captures the energy, the stresses and the tension of people striking punching bags and each other but without narration, it all feels a bit random and uninteresting.
  14. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Oct 27, 2010
    70
    Wiseman's approach will surprise none of his veteran viewers: no voiceover, no real narrative, just a pure evocation of a place that acts both as a specific site and a microcosm of a larger sphere.

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