Universal acclaim - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Murderball brilliantly captures the intensity of the little-known athletic competition, offering more intimacy and drama than most Hollywood sports movies.
  2. 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.
  3. This is a lively, life-affirming documentary no viewer is likely to forget.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Murderball is a paradox: a movie about quadriplegics that insists we look beyond their disability.
  6. 88
    It's original, outrageous and murderous fun.
  7. Think "Mad Max" in wheelchairs.
  8. 88
    Murderball invokes fascination toward its protagonists, because it views them with the same confidence and acceptance they view themselves.
  9. 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.
  10. 88
    Fast-moving, psychologically savvy.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Murderball asks you to put all your assumptions about quadriplegics aside and start over.
  12. Co-directors Rubin and Shapiro deliver the rare documentary that totally entertains, informs, and inspires.
  13. The filmmaking is as strong as the subject matter, with an elegant structure.
  14. 91
    It's as full and rich a portrait of the lives of athletes as we've seen since "Hoop Dreams."
  15. 100
    It's one of the most powerful films of the year.
  16. 100
    It's the best sports documentary since "Hoop Dreams," a great piece of work."
  17. 90
    A great sports drama first and a heart-wrenching triumph-over-adversity weepie almost never.
  18. 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.
  19. 100
    Bracingly honest and ceaselessly compelling documentary.

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