Universal acclaim - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33

Critic Reviews

  1. Co-directors Rubin and Shapiro deliver the rare documentary that totally entertains, informs, and inspires.
  2. 100
    Bracingly honest and ceaselessly compelling documentary.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Murderball is a paradox: a movie about quadriplegics that insists we look beyond their disability.
  4. 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.
  5. Think "Mad Max" in wheelchairs.
  6. This is a lively, life-affirming documentary no viewer is likely to forget.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Steve O'Hagan
    A leftfield sports documentary that's as insightful and thought-provoking as it is fast and furious.
  9. The filmmaking is as strong as the subject matter, with an elegant structure.
  10. 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.
  11. 90
    A great sports drama first and a heart-wrenching triumph-over-adversity weepie almost never.
  12. 80
    A thoughtful and provocative look at a previously little-seen world.
  13. 88
    Murderball invokes fascination toward its protagonists, because it views them with the same confidence and acceptance they view themselves.
  14. 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.
  15. 88
    Fast-moving, psychologically savvy.
  16. 91
    It's as full and rich a portrait of the lives of athletes as we've seen since "Hoop Dreams."
  17. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Murderball asks you to put all your assumptions about quadriplegics aside and start over.
  18. 75
    The emotional resonance that results from the focus on several unique individuals is what makes this a worthwhile viewing experience.
  19. 88
    It's original, outrageous and murderous fun.
  20. 70
    Has a lot of integrity, both in visual and conceptual terms, and seamlessly blends entertainment and education.
  21. 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.
  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. Reportedly, after seeing the film, rapper Eminen is anxious to play a wheelchair athlete in a coming movie.
  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. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    A blast and a half -- as entertaining as mainstream American docus get.
  28. 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.
  29. There are worlds within the startling world of Murderball.
  30. 100
    It's one of the most powerful films of the year.
  31. 100
    It's the best sports documentary since "Hoop Dreams," a great piece of work."

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Nov 15, 2014
    Focusing on the United States quad rugby team Murderball is an insightful look into the lives of athletes looking to overcome theirFocusing on the United States quad rugby team Murderball is an insightful look into the lives of athletes looking to overcome their disabilities. Refusing to play the sympathy card this documentary shows things how they really are and is all the more inspiring as a result. Full Review »
  2. BrendaP.
    Sep 23, 2009
    I saw the movie and I also watched the team practice in Birmingham. Their dedication and passion was so real that I felt like I was watchingI saw the movie and I also watched the team practice in Birmingham. Their dedication and passion was so real that I felt like I was watching the movie again. I was invited by one of their family members. When they know they have an audience, they start working harder and showing off their skills more. It was very cool to meet them. Number 4 accidentally squirted me with his water bottle and kindly apologized. I could not stop smiling. Full Review »
  3. BitB.
    Jul 26, 2006
    Rented this one the other night...what an awesome documentry! Go Canada Go!