Bound By Flesh
Bound By Flesh (2014)

American sideshows were in fairs, circuses and carnivals. There were acts such as glass blowers, musicians, and also the freaks. Most freaks just stood there while the audience wondered past. The Hilton Sisters however were trained to put… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 27, 2014
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

Leslie Zemeckis' documentary about their curious and ultimately sad lives is a fascinating snapshot of the era of nickel-a-peek circus sideshows.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Both tragic and almost incomprehensibly strange.

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John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Stranger than fiction and fascinating.

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Rick Kogan
Chicago Tribune

Likely to stay with you forever.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Leslie Zemeckis examines the strange, tragic, roller-coaster existence of famed conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton in the absorbing, well-crafted documentary "Bound by Flesh."

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Zach Hollwedel
Under the Radar

Bound By Flesh plays with a bygone showmanship that at times feels more like a celebrity gossip show on E! than a feature documentary.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

I found it immensely touching that these women found it in themselves to keep plugging away.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

They were just people - which is why their story may not be that unique, and may even hide a few lessons for everyone.

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio

Zemeckis explores the tragic lives of the Hilton Sisters, conjoined twins paraded and exploited financially as so-called freaks in the heyday of carnival sideshows. Intimating as well twisted notions of fame, and the freak show roots of reality TV today.

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