Boxing Gym
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The subject of the film is an Austin, Tex., institution, Lord's Gym, which was founded 20 years ago by Richard Lord, a former professional boxer. A wide variety of people of all ages, races, ethnicities and social classes train at the gym: men, women, children, doctors, lawyers, judges, business men and women, immigrants, professional boxers and people who want to become professional boxers alongside amateurs who love the sport and teenagers who are trying to develop strength and assertiveness. The gym is an example of the American -- melting pot -- where people meet, talk, and train.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Graceful and quietly inspiring."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Don't go to Boxing Gym expecting pugilistic melodrama about long-shot underdogs. There's not an ounce of fat or cliché in Frederick Wiseman's new documentary."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"In a year filled with angry, sociopolitical documentaries, it's my favorite."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The soundscape, too, is endlessly fascinating, a layer cake of squeaks, grunts, gasps, and rattling chains that, combined, catches a rhythm that sounds an awful lot like song."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"[N]one of the boxing movie stereotypes -- Wiseman has found in Austin a very unusual boxing gym. . .for a kind of physical therapy. . .The lack of violence is emphasized."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"Even with no traditional narrative, there are wonderful discoveries to be made in Wiseman's film, which is a nice complement to the experienced director's ballet-themed last feature, "La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet.""
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"For legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman to follow La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet with a film set in a down-market Texas boxing gym seems unlikely -- until you see Boxing Gym, and how it and its subjects dance."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Proves once and for all that documentary heavyweight Frederick Wiseman's mesmerizing fly-on-the-wall filmmaking style -- in addition to being endlessly compelling -- is also infinitely adaptable."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"The film, which as usual eschews voice-overs and soundtrack music, is a chorus of labored breathing, an unblinking, at times beautiful recording of real-life,"
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Getting audiences outside the area of interest to "Boxing Gym" may be a tough sell, but anyone who appreciates the art of documentary filmmaking will be glad they bought. It's marvelous."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"I find Wiseman's anti-narrative vow of chastity off-putting; I like a story with my pictures."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Frederick Wiseman must drive certain nonfiction filmmakers crazy. He makes it look too easy."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Of a piece with Wiseman's filmmaking philosophy, and fits snugly into the whole of his work, even's a relatively minor example of it, at least in terms of length."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Wiseman records the rituals of repetition (speed bag and footwork) in poetic long shots that often have two pugilists side by side, each unaware of the other. The cadence is both primal and hypnotic."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"Frederick Wiseman has been making documentary films for nearly half a century and the quality and character of his works have always shown through. Boxing Gym is no exception and he shows the grace and beauty of recreational boxing."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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