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Assembled from over 30 hours of interviews with the controversial heavyweight champion, director James Toback takes the helm for a feature-length documentary exploring the life and career of self-destructive pugilist Mike Tyson. From his early years under the wing of famed boxing promoter Don King to his notorious match against Evander Holyfield and his conviction on sexual assault charges, Tyson's turbulent life is explored in the kind of comprehensive manner that could only have been made possible with the subject's willing participation. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Half-appealing, half-pathetic."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Listening to Tyson tell his side of the story, you come to understand him with new depth and complexity."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Turns out Mike Tyson, lo and behold, isn't that interesting after all. He's an unreliable narrator, sure, but mostly he's just a grotesque cartoon of every athlete who never had to answer for anything as long as they were making other people money."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Whether or not the troubled Mike deserves our sympathy, is left up to the viewer."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Until I saw Tyson, I wouldn't have believed it possible to film a one-sided documentary that felt truthful and complete.""
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"It all adds up to a fascinating psychological study, a film that goes beyond both the public persona and the fighter's own spin to get at the frightened, angry, explosive, yet utterly understandable boy who became a very troubled and very public man."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Some documentaries grow in the shadows; others demand to be made. The story of boxer Mike Tyson, powerfully recounted in a new film, is as rich as a Dickens novel."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Toback presumably wants us to see Tyson as a product of his times, but we can't really buy that."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Toback's approach to Tyson pulls no punches. It is extraordinarily revealing."
‑ Jennifer Merin, About.com
"Tyson is indeed an intriguingly contradictory hulk, but he's far from the troubling Caliban Toback's own obsessions with athleticism and negritude make him out to be"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The most remarkable revelation of the movie is its subject's thoughtful, reflective eloquence and unflinching self-perception...Tyson may or may not be entirely who he says he is, but he's probably not who we thought he was, either."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"Something of a cliché."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Boxing fans will be thrilled by Toback's film, filled as it is with multi-camera angles and behind-the-scenes footage of some of the greatest fights in the sports history."
‑ Simon Foster, sbs.com.au
"Utterly absorbing and fascinating, Tyson captivates viewers for its 90 minutes."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"Tyson's dissection of his own struggles makes the film hard to turn away from. In that respect, Tyson is a lot like a train wreck. In fact, Tyson's life is like a train wreck in a lot of ways."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
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