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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14

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  1. Aug 14, 2013
    9
    It's just a tremendous, heart-wrenching story in all of its facets. From the athletes who have the TBIs to those who tragically lost their lives doing what they loved to do and lived for, it's just a fascinating piece. The love among Kevin's family is just incredible. The level of understanding that the others display when Kevin expresses his desire to return to the sport is beyond what I suspected any family could conjure but it's to their credit that I think they finally expressed to him how much he mattered to all of them. Beautiful visuals and an amazing soundtrack. Expand
  2. Apr 11, 2014
    10
    Just 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.
  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 of the greatest documentaries I've seen.
  4. Apr 27, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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. Expand
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: Adam Nayman
    Dec 12, 2013
    75
    The hook of The Crash Reel is that it’s about the rivalry between two famous American snowboarders, but in reality, Lucy Walker’s slickly produced documentary is about one man’s ongoing battle with himself – on and off the slopes.
  3. 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.