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Like any other great sports story, 'Murderball' features fierce rivalry, stopwatch suspense, dazzling athletic prowess, larger-than-life personalities and triumph over daunting odds. But murderball, the original name for the full-contact sport now known as quad rugby, is played by quadriplegics in armored wheelchairs. 'Murderball' is a story like no other, told by men who see the world from a different angle. Quad rugby players have suffered injuries that have left them with limited function in all four limbs. Whether by car wreck, gunshot, fist fight, rogue bacteria or any of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Murderball is no Rocky-esque hymn to the human spirit. It's more like a prison movie..."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Few sports movies with a premise this powerful ever bother to dig this deep."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"There's little room for tears in the testosterone-riddled territory of quadriplegic rugby. "Murderball" spat on that power of the human spirit stuff and rolled along to a kick-ass showcase of not what spinal injury excluded, but what it enabled."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Arguably the greatest sports movie since Hoop Dreams and When We Were Kings."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"All of the men are striking examples of the indomitable human spirit."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"An honest, down-to-earth account of how life goes on for people with disabilities."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"This offbeat documentary is inspiring and jaw-droppingly original."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"a triumph of filmmaking: of structure, character development, and pacing"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Filmmakers Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro wisely chose a high-energy aesthetic to portray quadriplegic rugby (a.k.a. "Murderball") through the story of Mark Zupan and his American teammates battling for Paralympic gold."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
"A leftfield sports documentary that's as insightful and thought-provoking as it is fast and furious."
‑ Steve O'Hagan, Empire Magazine
"What emerges is more interesting, thankfully, than a linear offering of sporting triumph in the face of adversity."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out New York
"Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro ... pack an amazing amount of storytelling into these 86 minutes, alternating between several distinct narrative threads to create a documentary as engrossing as any fictional movie."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The quadriplegic rugby sport referred to as "Murderball" is lovingly examined in a well-crafted documentary that goes a long way toward showing the mental and physical fortitude of these wheelchair bound athletes who insist on living life to the fullest."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Even when the movie tries to shoe-horn its stories into the standard documentary mold, it serves to drive home the point: these guys aspire to the same clichés as the rest of us."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"Além de revelador e interessante, sua inteligente montagem prende a atenção do espectador através do desenvolvimento de seus "personagens" e do conflito entre os dois times principais."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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