Metascore
61

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: Louis Black
    Oct 2, 2013
    50
    Mickey Rourke's narration provides an appropriate level of drama and importance as it details the men's training, adversities, failures, and triumphs.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Sep 19, 2013
    80
    [A] compelling and energetic documentary.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 19, 2013
    60
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 18, 2013
    40
    Like so many documentaries made in a pop style, Generation Iron is a squandered opportunity, sacrificing depth and insight for superficial portraiture and drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicole Herrington
    Sep 19, 2013
    50
    For a documentary about extreme discipline, the filmmakers lack restraint: the movie, about 20 minutes too long, undercuts much of its own momentum.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Oct 29, 2013
    60
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Sep 17, 2013
    100
    Yudin pulls lovely philosophical grace notes from his subjects as they illuminate some universal truths from their very specific world.
  8. Reviewed by: Sean O’Connell
    Sep 19, 2013
    75
    “Iron” opens a window to an exclusive club and gives valuable insight into a small, dedicated and proudly unique community.
User Score
6.8

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
    10
    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 »