Fightville (2012)

Over the last decade, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has grown from a controversial no-holds-barred gladiatorial sideshow into a billion dollar phenomenon eclipsing boxing as the dominant combat sport in the world. But far from Las Vegas, in… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 20, 2012
DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012
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Kyle Smith
New York Post

'Fightville," you had me at "gladiator school."

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

"Fightville" feels authentic about this world, where success may be measured in wins, but the balance of unrelenting brutality and self-discipline needed for those wins is a trickier equation.

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Eugene Novikov

An exhilarating sports documentary and a levelheaded, piercingly intelligent treatment of a touchy subject.

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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

An up-close but superficial portrait of aspiring MMA stars as they fight their way through the Cajun Country regional circuit.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

The filmmakers take a mostly effective Hoop Dreams approach in showing how young hopefuls test the limits of their abilities and their economic situation.

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Cole Smithey

The bumpy road to success as a mixed martial arts fighter is ambiguously investigated in this amateurish documentary by the directing/editing team of Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Ms. Epperlein and Mr. Tucker have talent and resolve - they spent months shooting "Fightville," a commitment that's scarcely evident - which makes the movie's superficiality all the more frustrating.

David Fear
Time Out

It doesn't seem to display much of a point of view at all.

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Brent Simon

A shrewdly observed MMA doc [that's] the equivalent of an unexpectedly delightful conversation with a potluck-seated dinner companion with whom you thought you might have nothing in common.

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John Ballantine
Boring individuals talk about their aspirations to reach the top of a boring sport. Perfect to fall asleep to.