Generation Iron
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Directed and Written by Vlad Yudin, GENERATION IRON is produced by Yudin and Edwin Mejia. Jerome Gary, producer of the cult classic PUMPING IRON, which helped make Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name, was also tapped to executive produce. GENERATION IRON provides insight into the professional sport of bodybuilding today and follows these men as they compete on the International stage. Yudin followed seven current athletes from around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, Japan, and Germany. (C) Vlader Company

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For a documentary about extreme discipline, the filmmakers lack restraint: the movie, about 20 minutes too long, undercuts much of its own momentum."
‑ Nicole Herrington, New York Times
"Yudin's deft cameras admiringly capture these iconically sculpted men without overly objectifying them, should the prospect of eyeballing all that posing-strapped beef give any potential viewers pause."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"It's mostly a polite, controlling-authority-approved peek into the world of competition bodybuilding, though not enough to dissuade fans from taking a look."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"Yudin gets into the psyches of his subjects. Their ups and downs, highs and lows. The need to do well in competitions not only for personal glory but for the sponsorships that feed their families and keep them in the gym."
‑ Michael A. Smith, MediaMikes
"The film ends up being about much more than itself, much more than just bodybuilding or bodybuilders. Although a bit overlong, it is really a triumph of intelligent, strategic filmmaking."
‑ Louis Black, Austin Chronicle
"The oversized men who compete for the title of Mr. Olympia in this illuminating documentary are articulate and serious-minded, with some muscling through adversity to find a way to their dreams."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"A gorgeous meditation on age-old existential concerns."
‑ Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
"Suffers from a reality TV-ish veneer in its decided lack of depth."
‑ Aaron Yap,
"Well-crafted, sympathetic and apparently fairly honest, but not as novel as it would have been in the pre-reality TV era, when the home lives of participants in obsessive family units and strange subcultures weren't an entertainment staple."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Suspenseful, well-edited and adequately illuminating without being too heavy or dry"
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
""Iron" opens a window to an exclusive club and gives valuable insight into a small, dedicated and proudly unique community."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Washington Post
"...just about enough memorable quotes, eloquence, personality, and pathos to divert even those of us with no interest in sport."
‑ Mark Demetrius, FILMINK (Australia)
"While Yudin gives us plenty of room to laugh at them, he also acknowledges their capacity to inspire awe - not only at their bulging muscles, but at their willingness to go all the way with the infantile wish to look bigger than anyone else."
‑ Jake Wilson, Sydney Morning Herald
"... we are left to consider natural gifts versus applied science, and ponder why we usually credit the former more than the latter. Like all good stories, this movie about bodybuilding is really about much more."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Yudin's decision to opt for a wide-ranging collection of shallow portraits sabotages any chance of learning something meaningful or profound about these men."
‑ Nick Schager, The Dissolve
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