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  1. Jul 14, 2013
    6
    This is an real-life hockey version of "The Wrestler". Nilan's personal story has various parallels with the autobiography by his friend (since deceased) NHL enforcer Bob Probert. The Last Gladiators raises questions on what types of persons are drawn to the role of enforcer and what is the price they have to pay.
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  1. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Feb 6, 2013
    80
    Blending archival footage and new interviews with Nilan, his family, journalists, and fellow combatants, Gibney celebrates hockey's fisticuff traditions while also recognizing how such brutality ultimately takes its greatest toll on those who perpetrate it.
  2. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jan 31, 2013
    63
    When The Last Gladiators treats brawls like greatest-hits clips for more than half the movie, then suggests fighting is behind Nilan's decline, it feels like trying to have it both ways.
  3. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Jan 31, 2013
    70
    [Mr. Gibney] scales down his approach considerably here, generally for the better, rather than extrapolate a theory of violence and everything.