Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Marsha McCreadie
    Dec 13, 2013
    100
    It’s thrilling for even a novice fan to watch Pearce.
  2. Reviewed by: Kimber Myers
    Dec 11, 2013
    91
    The Crash Reel can never be accused of being dry or boring, but Walker brings an energetic style that also complements its subject.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Aug 14, 2013
    90
    An engrossing, unsettling documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: John Teti
    Dec 11, 2013
    83
    The film also applies a deft touch as it addresses the morality of violent sports, like snowboarding and football, that entertain the many who watch while endangering the few who play. Rather than cast the athletes as pure victims, Walker acknowledges their agency, depicting them as prideful competitors who choose to risk their well-being — or even insist on doing so, as Pearce does.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Apr 27, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. A major argument can be stated that this could be one of the greatest sports documentaries because it goes beyond the limitations of not only the sport dynamic, but the primary plot line as well, self-aware and respectful of its own history. It also allows the viewer to guide to its own conclusions without being immensely spoonfed; the emotive responses vary from happiness to tears, and never feels forced. If it were not for its inability to chronicle the family *truthfully*, this would be the greatest sports documentary ever. But it is still a riveting chronicle of a life in change. Full Review »
  2. Apr 11, 2014
    10
    Just an amazing documentary. Very cleverly put together. I'm not interested in snowboarding, but this film is captivating. VeryJust an amazing documentary. Very cleverly put together. I'm not interested in snowboarding, but this film is captivating. Very interesting transition from beginning to end. Full Review »
  3. Jan 1, 2014
    8
    Informational, riveting, excellent, beautiful, emotional, but gets slightly off topic and drags too long. I still enjoyed it though as one ofInformational, riveting, excellent, beautiful, emotional, but gets slightly off topic and drags too long. I still enjoyed it though as one of the greatest documentaries I've seen. Full Review »