Fake It So Real
Fake It So Real (2012)

Fake It So Real dives head-first into the world of independent pro wrestling. Filmed over a single week leading up to a big show, the film follows a ragtag group of wrestlers in North Carolina, exploring what happens when the over-the-top… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 13, 2012
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2016
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

What's different is a poignant sense of community that makes for a richer portrait overall.

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Steve Dollar
Wall Street Journal


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Matt Singer
Time Out Chicago

Outsider artists don't expect to be discovered; they just want to share their passion with the world. Greene's film communicates their devotion -- and their desire to hit people on the back with steel chairs.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"Fake It So Real" filled me with affection for its down-and-out heroes, a group of semi-pro wrestlers in Lincolnton, N.C.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

The taunts in the ring may be make-believe, but the slams against the mat are agonizingly genuine in Robert Greene's vivid documentary "Fake It So Real"...

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John Gholson

You certainly don't have to be a wrestling fan to enjoy its charms; the appeal comes from exploring what's essentially a very strange, very dangerous hobby.

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Ryan Lattanzio
San Francisco Chronicle

An engrossing documentary that lends humanity to independent pro wrestling's savage theater of machismo.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Though the matches themselves, with their crude narrative frameworks and stereotypes, may be something of an anticlimax, the film unearths the tough and complex life experiences they distill.

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

These wrestlers have a number of striking similarities which can be boiled down to one true commonality: They all felt like freaks.

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