Generation Iron
Generation Iron (2013)

Directed and Written by Vlad Yudin, GENERATION IRON is produced by Yudin and Edwin Mejia. Jerome Gary, producer of the cult classic PUMPING IRON, which helped make Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name, was also tapped to executive… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 20, 2013
DVD Release Date: May 13, 2014
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nicole Herrington
New York Times

For a documentary about extreme discipline, the filmmakers lack restraint: the movie, about 20 minutes too long, undercuts much of its own momentum.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Yudin's deft cameras admiringly capture these iconically sculpted men without overly objectifying them, should the prospect of eyeballing all that posing-strapped beef give any potential viewers pause.

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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

It's mostly a polite, controlling-authority-approved peek into the world of competition bodybuilding, though not enough to dissuade fans from taking a look.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

The oversized men who compete for the title of Mr. Olympia in this illuminating documentary are articulate and serious-minded, with some muscling through adversity to find a way to their dreams.

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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice

A gorgeous meditation on age-old existential concerns.

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Aaron Yap

Suffers from a reality TV-ish veneer in its decided lack of depth.

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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post

"Iron" opens a window to an exclusive club and gives valuable insight into a small, dedicated and proudly unique community.

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Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)

...just about enough memorable quotes, eloquence, personality, and pathos to divert even those of us with no interest in sport.

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Jake Wilson
Sydney Morning Herald

While Yudin gives us plenty of room to laugh at them, he also acknowledges their capacity to inspire awe - not only at their bulging muscles, but at their willingness to go all the way with the infantile wish to look bigger than anyone else.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Generation Iron is a very good documentary about the sport of bodybuilding that follows the 2012 Mister Olympia year. Focusing on that year's competition,… More
Panta Oz
I heard about this film from a friend who went to the European premiere at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival where the sold-out screening was… More