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Stanless Steel-"The Strongest Man in the World at Bending Steel and Metal"-is the only man alive capable of bending a U.S. penny with his fingers. But the world around Stan-his aging parents, his alcoholic brother, his beautiful but timid announcer-girlfriend, his show-biz agents and strength rivals, and even Stan himself-is not so malleable. As the pressure mounts, what starts as a unique portrait of a loveable outsider soon becomes a deeply universal, funny, and poignant story about trying to find a path to a better life through the scraps and dented dreams of our modern times. (c)… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One cannot help but think of Fellini's Zampano and Gelsomina."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"An outsider tale of unforced rawness and lilting poignancy."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Not to take anything away from Levy's heartwarming approach into the unfamiliar world of strongmen, but it would take more than just a bit of willpower to stay in the same room with Stan and his inflated ego for more than half an hour."
‑ Nikola Grozdanovic, The Playlist
"Strongman's unvarnished approach complements its salt of the earth subject."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Sad power rises from this doc about a guy who can bend pennies and elevate 10,000-pound trucks."
‑ Matt Pais,
"Strongman is a tantalizing example of the kind of documentary I find engrossing: A film about an unusual person that invites us into the mystery of a human life."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A warts-and-all documentary from first-time director Zachary Levy that moves in close and stays there."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Strongman is a heartrending character study of a man blessed with superhuman strength, but defeated and overwhelmed by the everyday bullshit of life."
‑ Nathan Rabin, The Dissolve
"Though the execution is nearly flawless, the film is difficult to sit through in its entirety."
‑ Leslie Stonebraker, New York Press
"... [W]e're never sure how to take Stanless Steel. Is this guy irrepressibly optimistic, or just willfully self-deluded?"
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Though Levy's film feels shapeless at times, what it loses in structure, it gains in handheld intimacy, letting viewers get to know the mercurial but fundamentally sweet Pleskun."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"Without being intrusive, Levy chronicles these lives like a trusted family member, and Strongman allows a privileged and affectionate glimpse of a truly American dreamer."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Fascinating, funny and intimate portrait of Stanless Steel, who likes to lift and bend things."
‑ Clint O'Connor, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Thoroughly fascinating, heartfelt and unflinchingly candid."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Zachary Levy's documentary is an original portrait of a distinctive soul who can lift trucks off the ground but cannot get himself out of a rut."
‑ Phil Hall, EDGE Boston
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