Bigger, Stronger, Faster*
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In the hopes of exploring American culture's increased obsession with winning, documentary filmmaker Christopher Bell examines the anabolic steroid use of his two brothers. After setting the stage with a look at the cultural backdrop of the 1980s -- in which hulky stars like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger were the ideal -- Bell illustrates how he and his brothers became involved in the bodybuilding subculture, eventually discovering the brutal truth that success in the lifestyle of pumping iron demanded the use of steroids. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A thoughtful, informative and thoroughly entertaining examination of the role of performance-enhancing drugs in modern life."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"Smart, touching and enlightening, a combination that makes Bigger, Stronger, Faster the best documentary of the year so far."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Their mistakes are our entertainment."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Chris Bell's very personal documentary, tracking how steroid use influenced his body building family's game, health and interpersonal relationships, is neither an apology nor a hard-lined expose about doping."
‑ Jennifer Merin,
"Though somewhat repetitive and clunky, Chris Bell's Bigger Stronger Faster deserves credit for presenting a fairly evenhanded examination of steroids & their threat to the integrity of the country's sports industry."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"A lively and incisive look into the nation's growing preoccupation with pumped-up superlatives."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"By making this journey personal, a powerful vulnerability permeates the film."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"A dangerous side effect of being a 'true' American."
‑ Don Groves,
"If steroids were outlawed, only outlaws would have steroids"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"A matter-of-fact funny and clever in-depth look at steroid use in modern-day America."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Unexpectedly funny [and] sometimes angry."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"It'll shake up your beliefs not just about steroids but about competition, hypocrisy, body obsession and American notions of masculinity."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"It raises big, intriguing questions that rarely, if ever, come up in the hubbub about steroid use in professional athletics, particularly Major League Baseball."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"This is one of the best documentary films of 2008, along with 'Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father.'"
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A wide-ranging look at the use of performance-enhancing drugs in America"
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
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