Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Oct 29, 2013
    Those with just a casual interest will find it colorful if a bit undercooked in the human-interest department, with limited insight into what makes its subjects tick, and the occasional rivalries between them.
  2. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Oct 2, 2013
    Mickey Rourke's narration provides an appropriate level of drama and importance as it details the men's training, adversities, failures, and triumphs.
  3. Reviewed by: Sean O’Connell
    Sep 19, 2013
    “Iron” opens a window to an exclusive club and gives valuable insight into a small, dedicated and proudly unique community.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicole Herrington
    Sep 19, 2013
    For a documentary about extreme discipline, the filmmakers lack restraint: the movie, about 20 minutes too long, undercuts much of its own momentum.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 19, 2013
    As narrated by Mickey Rourke and with appearances from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, the movie captures the men who mix “sports, entertainment, art and a way of life” — as the former Governator describes body sculpting. It’s their honesty that looms large.
  6. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Sep 19, 2013
    [A] compelling and energetic documentary.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 18, 2013
    Like so many documentaries made in a pop style, Generation Iron is a squandered opportunity, sacrificing depth and insight for superficial portraiture and drama.
  8. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Sep 17, 2013
    Yudin pulls lovely philosophical grace notes from his subjects as they illuminate some universal truths from their very specific world.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 9, 2014
    The amount of dedication presented in this film is astonishing. If you have no true education into body building and the amount of discipline involved with it, you will after watching this. It allows for insight into a world that the average person does not realize. It encompasses all the different avenues of approach from each bodybuilder leading up to the grand finale. A great documentary! Full Review »
  2. Sep 22, 2013
    Great movie. Even if your not into bodybuilding it is still a enjoyable movie. I wish jay cutler was in it more. But they did a great jibe explaining the art of body building. There is more to the sport then people think. Full Review »