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  • Summary: The subject of legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s hypnotic new film is an Austin, TX institution: Lord’s Gym, which was founded 16 years ago by professional boxer Richard Lord. People of all ages, races, ethnicities and social classes come to Lord’s: doctors, lawyers, judges,The subject of legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s hypnotic new film is an Austin, TX institution: Lord’s Gym, which was founded 16 years ago by professional boxer Richard Lord. People of all ages, races, ethnicities and social classes come to Lord’s: doctors, lawyers, judges, businessmen and kids all learn to spar alongside fellow amateurs and trained professionals. Wiseman depicts the gym as a uniquely American melting pot, a place where people meet to talk and train, and shows us that all the world’s a ring. (Zipporah Films) Collapse
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  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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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