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80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

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  1. In recording life as it unfolds in the course of a year, On the Ropes not only defies prediction as to its outcome but is in some ways downright confounding...as involving and suspenseful as the best fictional films.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Williams
    89
    The documentary has no narration, and uses excellent expository camerawork to say things that no narrator could equal.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Dauphin
    70
    Burstein and Morgen take all this in from an unobtrusive middle distance, letting the subjects themselves slowly complicate the profusion of athletic and ghetto-real clichés that fly scattershot in the early going.