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  • Summary: Tyson is acclaimed indie director James Toback's stylistically inventive portrait of a mesmerizing Mike Tyson. Toback allows Tyson to reveal himself without inhibition and with eloquence and a pervasive vulnerability. Through a mixture of original interviews and archival footage and photographs, a
    startlingly complex, fully-rounded human being emerges. The film ranges from Tyson’s earliest memories of growing up on the mean streets of Brooklyn through his entry into the world of boxing, to his roller coaster ride in the fun house of worldwide fame and fortunes won and lost. It is the story of a legendary and uniquely controversial international athletic icon, a figure conjuring radical questions of race and class. In its depiction of a man rising from the most debased circumstances to unlimited heights, destroyed by his own hubris, Tyson emerges as a modern day version of classic Greek tragedy. (Sony Classics)
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. 100
    A documentary with no pretense of objectivity. Here is Mike Tyson's story in his own words, and it is surprisingly persuasive.
  2. The result is an often-anguished monologue built on pride, despair and self-defense. Accuracy aside, Tyson does work hard to analyze his own, clearly complex character. So while we only get half the picture, it makes for consistently compelling viewing.
  3. The result is as gripping as a title fight and as mesmerizing as a conversation with a cobra. You may not be happy with everything said, but you will not be bored.
  4. 80
    The resulting portrait shows a seriously troubled man whose brutality was bred into him on the punishing streets of Brooklyn and whose modest wisdom seems as hard-won as any title. Tyson's fight career may be over, but his battle with himself has many rounds to go.
  5. Reviewed by: Whitney Borup
    If you’re not really interested in Mike Tyson as a boxer and a person, the film doesn't give you much to go on. This is a movie called Tyson and it is about Mike Tyson – and nothing else.
  6. 75
    Gives a taste of what it might be like to live inside Mike Tyson's mind.
  7. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    It's a movie that's thought-provoking without being intelligent and candid without being truthful. The same aesthetic choices that Toback seems convinced will set his documentary apart are also what diminishes its credibility.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. MikeD
    Aug 22, 2009
    Excellent documentary on Mike Tyson. Very engaging and will keep you glued to the movie. This movie humanizes a man that has been misunderstood by the public since Day 1. Expand
  2. ValmontW
    May 10, 2009
    Great movie... specially if your a Mike fan it realy has a mix of fun and inspiration.
  3. John
    Aug 18, 2009
    I saw this movie months ago. I re-lived the joys of a dominant boxer, and humiliation of a broken man I felt the heat break, and saw the train wreck. You are mesmerized by his accounts of story telling. The tale seemed to end too-soon, especially with the recent passing of his young daughter, and marriage a few days later you have to wonder, what he was feeling and thinking, but not feel suprised at all. Expand
  4. AndrewP
    May 9, 2009
    One sided story telling be damned; the true strength of this film is not showcasing the preconceived opinions on Mike Tyson and lets the audience connect the truths about him within their own mind. A great follow-up to Toback's "The Big Bang." The film allows Mike to showcase himself and he comes across more interesting than any fictional character drawn up by the mind. Quiet, honest, reflective, and heartfelt; audiences will walk away exploring pieces of their own psyche after discovering the humanity of a fighter deemed more beast than man. Brilliant film making; one of the best documentaries I have seen in years. Expand
  5. JohnB.
    Jul 8, 2009
    LOVED IT! very interesting movie, and we finally get to see it from tysons point of view. youll gain a new perspective of mike after seeing this
  6. StuartW
    May 20, 2009
    I gave this such a high score because i grew up watching the fights at ridiculous hours of the morning. he was my hero in such a way that when he was destroyed by Lennox Lewis i couldn't help but well up a bit. When he was younger he looked unbeatable. This film shows that had things been slightly different, maybe he would have gone down in history as the greatest. instead, he is portayed as an extremley mixed up individual who isn't telling the whole truth most of the time. Mike Tyson said of himself that he is he most foolish person he knows after blowing nearly $400 million. he tries to defend his mistakes, it's intriguing to hear what he has to say, but deep down you sense that he abused his power and success on more than one occasion. Great film if you are a fan. Expand
  7. JayH.
    Aug 14, 2009
    It's certainly a well crafted documentary and has excellent use of past footage. But bottom line is I was completely bored. I have no interest in Mike Tyson, I could not understand some of what he was saying in his interviews since his English consists primarily of heavy accented mumbling. It does delve into his persona, revealing an unexpected side of him, but I still couldn't care less about him. Expand

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