Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Apr 19, 2012
    70
    Spiked with energy and attitude, the nonfiction movie Fightville takes a fast look at a few men who, for pleasure and sometimes profit, like to smack and take down other men while practicing mixed martial arts.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Apr 18, 2012
    75
    The dramatic stakes are high in Fightville, and Epperlein and Tucker shine a little light on the margins of this marginalized sport.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 20, 2012
    75
    Fightville, you had me at "gladiator school."
  4. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Apr 17, 2012
    40
    Fightville doesn't pummel you with outsider viewpoints - it doesn't seem to display much of a point of view at all.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Apr 19, 2012
    70
    By the end, Fightville feels authentic about this world, where success may be measured in wins, but the balance of unrelenting brutality and self-discipline needed for those wins is a trickier equation.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Apr 17, 2012
    50
    The language of ground-and-pound fighting remains untranslated for those not fluent in MMA, though ample space is given to the men's discussion of their individual warrior philosophies, illustrated with quotes from Nietzsche, P.T. Barnum, and Virgil.
  7. 50
    The mistake filmmakers Tucker and Epperlein (Gunner Palace) make here is assuming that fighters reveal their true characters in discussing their craft, when in fact just the opposite occurs.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Apr 16, 2012
    75
    Fightville's most worthwhile material tends to lie in the space between what its subjects say and what we know to be true.
  9. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Apr 16, 2012
    50
    Ready-to-order fan base certainly means exposure, but helmers Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein aren't interested in glorifying the gore of ultimate fighting as much as revealing its heart.

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