Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. 100
    This is one of those rare docs, like "Hoop Dreams," where life provides a better ending than the filmmakers could have hoped for. Also like "Hoop Dreams," it's not really a sports film; it's a film that uses sport as a way to see into lives, hopes and fears.
  2. This is a lively, life-affirming documentary no viewer is likely to forget.
  3. If you're the type who doesn't go to art-house films , Murderball should be your exception. It's hard to imagine anyone could walk away from this movie disappointed.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    100
    Murderball brilliantly captures the intensity of the little-known athletic competition, offering more intimacy and drama than most Hollywood sports movies.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    Murderball is a paradox: a movie about quadriplegics that insists we look beyond their disability.
  6. 100
    Bracingly honest and ceaselessly compelling documentary.
  7. The filmmaking is as strong as the subject matter, with an elegant structure.
  8. 100
    It's one of the most powerful films of the year.
  9. 100
    It's the best sports documentary since "Hoop Dreams," a great piece of work."
  10. 91
    It's as full and rich a portrait of the lives of athletes as we've seen since "Hoop Dreams."
  11. 90
    A great sports drama first and a heart-wrenching triumph-over-adversity weepie almost never.
  12. One of the most remarkable things about Murderball, which is easily among the year's best movies, is how little of its time is filled with the playing of the game.
  13. Co-directors Rubin and Shapiro deliver the rare documentary that totally entertains, informs, and inspires.
  14. 88
    It's original, outrageous and murderous fun.
  15. Think "Mad Max" in wheelchairs.
  16. 88
    Murderball invokes fascination toward its protagonists, because it views them with the same confidence and acceptance they view themselves.
  17. When it comes to sports movies, there's nothing like the real thing, and there's never been anything quite as real as the documentary Murderball.
  18. 88
    Fast-moving, psychologically savvy.
  19. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    88
    Murderball asks you to put all your assumptions about quadriplegics aside and start over.
  20. Reviewed by: Jeremy Mathews
    80
    Murderball isn't a documentary played in the key of those Olympics stories that inspire you with sugary drivel, although it is ultimately inspiring.
  21. Reviewed by: Steve O'Hagan
    80
    A leftfield sports documentary that's as insightful and thought-provoking as it is fast and furious.
  22. 80
    Along the way, Murderball surpasses the typical who-will-win sports-film dynamic and becomes a fascinating and personal exploration of quadriplegia.
  23. 80
    A thoughtful and provocative look at a previously little-seen world.
  24. The evenness of its emotional pitch almost incidentally helps the film become an unusually deep exploration of sports, machismo and the competitive spirit.
  25. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    80
    A blast and a half -- as entertaining as mainstream American docus get.
  26. 75
    The emotional resonance that results from the focus on several unique individuals is what makes this a worthwhile viewing experience.
  27. Reportedly, after seeing the film, rapper Eminen is anxious to play a wheelchair athlete in a coming movie.
  28. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    The film is filled with humor, compassion and cajones, and never once glosses over the fact that these guys are prickly personalities who can sometimes act like jerks. There are also a few tears, but remarkably, not a single one is shed in pity.
  29. 70
    Has a lot of integrity, both in visual and conceptual terms, and seamlessly blends entertainment and education.
  30. 70
    What keeps Murderball from devolving into redemptive drivel is its insistence on treating the players it profiles as jocks first and disabled men second.
  31. There are worlds within the startling world of Murderball.
  32. As a sports documentary, Murderball is tame and uninvolving. It does however, offer a hard-edged and unsentimental portrait of strong-willed people.

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