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  • Summary: An epic 12-year journey into in the world of an Irish Traveller community, Knuckle takes us inside their brutal, secretive and exhilarating bare-knuckle fighting lives. Chronicling a history of violent feuding between rival families, the story focuses on two brothers as they fight for their reputations and the honor of their family name. (Arc Entertainment) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jan 5, 2012
    88
    With Knuckle, Palmer offers a thorough -- and extraordinarily compelling -- portrait of the Travellers.
  2. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Nov 27, 2011
    80
    Chock full of larger-than-life characters, it's an enthralling insight into a raw, bloodied world.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Dec 7, 2011
    78
    Knuckle is the real deal, with the strapping, brutally human Traveller clans butting heads with not only one another but with the very future of their subculture's existence.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Nov 27, 2011
    70
    As anthropology lessons go, Knuckle is strong stuff, and it's easy to accept Palmer's conclusion that the problem he's showing us may well have no solution.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Nov 27, 2011
    70
    Palmer keeps his focus tightly on the families, which makes the movie admirably unpretentious but also incomplete. Nevertheless, the picture has a vibrant central character in James McDonagh, the leading fighter in the clan who begins to question the rites of violence.
  6. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Dec 7, 2011
    67
    It's an involving but frustrating peek into a private culture involved in a self-defeating cycle of violence and mythologizing.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Dec 7, 2011
    40
    Palmer's acknowledgement of his own involvement in, and thrill at watching, these events speaks volumes, but simply showing generations of pasty, fat men pounding each other to a pulp shouldn't be mistaken for an in-depth exploration of Gaelic machismo.

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  1. Feb 25, 2012
    8
    Really enjoyed this doc...a good look into the life of a male traveller, makes you wonder why ppl live the way they do!!.
    you wudnt wanna mess
    with any of the hard cases either!! Expand

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