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  • Summary: A documentary about the secret world of "backyard wrestling" where amateurs attempt stunts and matches utilizing the most extreme weapons imaginable, all played out in a ring often made of barbed wire fencing.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Charles Martin
    100
    In short, this is an x-treme documentary, as riveting as a road accident and a lot more bloody. That this film might give other young people ideas is something that keeps me (and probably director Hough) awake at night.
  2. The movie is not for the squeamish, but for those who are unafraid to look at what is, perhaps, their own metaphorical "backyard," for those willing to stare into the long, dark night of the contemporary American soul, its bone-crunching message is worth hearing.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    80
    This underground scene makes other "extreme sports" look as harmless as tiddlywinks.
  4. 63
    The most disturbing thing about this grass-roots-inspired extreme-wrestling documentary by Paul Hough is how much worse you expect the violence to be.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Chances are you'll watch most of this documentary with both hands over your eyes, but as a window into a particular kind of insanity seizing kids in heartland America it's enthralling.
  6. 60
    Though engaging from beginning to end, be warned that this is also harrowing, utterly depressing stuff.
  7. Eventually you realize the whole movie has been about young showoffs who think it's uproarious to gross out neighborhood grownups.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 30, 2010
    4
    I felt like I was watching an extended scene from Gummo sans the superior editing. But because I couldn't tell myself it was fiction it was hard to finish. Expand

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