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  • Summary: Over the past decade, Mixed Martial Arts has grown from a controversial, no-holds-barred sideshow into a billion-dollar phenomenon eclipsing boxing as the dominant combat sport in the world. Fightville shows how MMA has taken hold in the American heartland, where modern-day gladiators battle in strip mall gyms and dusty rodeo arenas desperate for glory and a shot at the big time. (MPI Media Group) Collapse
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  1. 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.
  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: 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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