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 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. 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 »