2nd Chance

critic Reviews

, 90% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Entertaining and informative, 2nd Chance uses its subject's incredible story to offer a dark reflection of the American dream.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    There’s something irresistible about the story of the former pizza guy who invented the modern concealable bulletproof vest, and Richard Davis isn’t about to let the doubts about his origin story...
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    Pat PaduaWashington Post
    "For the most part, “2nd Chance” is right on target. But in the end, its aim isn’t quite true."
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    Christy LemireRogerEbert.com
    It's the interviews in the film’s epilogue that give this film greater depth and shading and elevate it to unexpected emotional heights.
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    Michael RechtshaffenLos Angeles Times
    A Greek tragedy and a Shakespearean comedy with a touch of “Tiger King” all expertly rolled into one all-too-pertinent cautionary tale.
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    Nicolas RapoldNew York Times
    Beetles along without fully exploiting Davis’s ample entertainment value, which is counterbalanced by accounts of his dubious actions and sometimes unseemly opinions.
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    Chuck BowenSlant Magazine
    2nd Chance a terrific American tall tale as well as a cautionary tale and a ripping good yarn.


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    Chase HutchinsonCollider
    It is via a willingness to push beyond the headlines and discover something more about humanity that 2nd Chance reveals a deeper sense of the truth behind its scandalous story.
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    Jason AdamsMy New Plaid Pants
    An absolutely fascinating documentary that's as funny as it is terrifying
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    Bahrani balances the various angles to his subject’s life story while layering it with a topical examination of gun culture and police aggression.
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    Avi OfferNYC Movie Guru
    Captivating, fascinating and ultimately enraging, but limited in scope.
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