Born and Bred
Born and Bred (2011)

Born and Bred is a feature-length documentary film chronicling the lives of a new generation of young boxers fighting for their place in the American boxing capital of Los Angeles, where Latino immigration is surging to a historical… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 19, 2011
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

As he tells the story of a pair of teenage brothers looking to qualify for the Olympic boxing team and an even younger fighter trying to overcome a troubled childhood, Frimmer in essence loses the forest for the trees.

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S. James Snyder
Time Out

[Frimmer's] meandering, repetitive interviews dilute the sport's intensity, while his rigorously linear approach buries the suspense.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

The fights are unexciting and the brothers uncharismatic, yet the film finds a soft, soulful center...

David Noh
Film Journal International

Although done to death, there's a great subject here, unfortunately buried by its director's indifferent skills and overall poor choices.

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

By valuing the complexity of individuals' stories over superficial competition drama, Born and Bred bucks the unwelcome nonfiction trend fostered by Spellbound.

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

Born and Bred bungles a promising subject with an overreliance on suspiciously on-the-nose, thesis-spouting talking heads.

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