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  • Summary: Fifteen years of footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the Vancouver Winter Olympics, pushing one another to ever more dangerous tricks, until Kevin crashes on a Park City half-pipe, barely surviving. As Kevin recovers from his injury, Shaun wins Gold. Now all Kevin wants to do is get on his snowboard again, even though medics and family fear this could kill him. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
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  1. Reviewed by: Marsha McCreadie
    Dec 13, 2013
    It’s thrilling for even a novice fan to watch Pearce.
  2. Reviewed by: Kimber Myers
    Dec 11, 2013
    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
    An engrossing, unsettling documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Jul 4, 2013
    By turns pulse-quickening and contemplative, The Crash Reel is a thoroughly winning docu portrait of former pro snowboarder Kevin Pearce.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jul 4, 2013
    The Crash Reel asks pointed questions about hazard, reward and consequence, forcing us to look anew at the rush attached to so many high-stakes sports.
  6. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Jul 4, 2013
    With a keen sense of the thrills of snowboarding, a cultivated understanding of the demands of the pro circuit and genuine compassion for the casualties of the sport, Walker’s particular talent in this film is in making the general more specific.
  7. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Dec 10, 2013
    With its high-energy music and graffiti-style graphics, The Crash Reel plays like the slick promos NBC uses to repackage every Olympian’s story into a pat narrative.

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  1. Apr 11, 2014
    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. Expand
  2. Aug 14, 2013
    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
  3. Apr 27, 2014
    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
  4. Jan 1, 2014
    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. Expand