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Better known as Wheelchair Rugby, Murderball is a game created by quadriplegic athletes that is every bit as aggressive as the name would lead one to expect; played with bone-breaking intensity, a typical game of Wheelchair Rugby involves plenty of trash-talking, a few head-on collisions, and the occasional player being thrown from his modified wheelchair. The game has become an official event at the Paralympics, a worldwide competition for handicapped athletes, and the United States and Canada have become fierce rivals in the event. When Joe Soares was dropped from the top-seated American… 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
"This offbeat documentary is inspiring and jaw-droppingly original."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"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
"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
"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
"The frank lack of condescension and mean moments of Murderball make it more than a film about sports or quadriplegics: It becomes a movie about life, about struggle, about pain, bitterness and pushing forward."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"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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