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  • Summary: Featuring fierce rivalry, stopwatch suspense, and larger-than-life personalities, Murderball is a film about tough, highly competitive quadriplegic rugby players. (ThinkFilm)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. 100
    It's the best sports documentary since "Hoop Dreams," a great piece of work."
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    Murderball is a paradox: a movie about quadriplegics that insists we look beyond their disability.
  3. 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.
  4. 88
    Murderball invokes fascination toward its protagonists, because it views them with the same confidence and acceptance they view themselves.
  5. 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.
  6. The evenness of its emotional pitch almost incidentally helps the film become an unusually deep exploration of sports, machismo and the competitive spirit.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. BrendaP.
    Sep 23, 2009
    10
    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 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. Expand
  2. DanC.
    Dec 15, 2005
    10
    A film filled with amazingly strong, vibrant personalities who are thrill to watch on the screen. At turns highly moving, funny, and dramatic, without ever being sentimental. These guys would be interesting no matter what they were doing, period. The wheelchairs are incidental to who they are, which is the real magic od the movie. Collapse
  3. WmL.
    Dec 12, 2005
    10
    This movie works so well on several different levels. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying it. But it did not do all that well in theaters, possibly because of the action-movie sounding title. So rent it soon before it vanishes. Expand
  4. PrestonF.
    Dec 21, 2005
    10
    Up lifting yet gritty.
  5. camdenl
    Dec 11, 2005
    9
    Great documentary.
  6. BitB.
    Jul 26, 2006
    9
    Rented this one the other night...what an awesome documentry! Go Canada Go!
  7. Nov 15, 2014
    8
    Focusing 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. Expand

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