Murderball (2005)

Like any other great sports story, 'Murderball' features fierce rivalry, stopwatch suspense, dazzling athletic prowess, larger-than-life personalities and triumph over daunting odds. But murderball, the original name for the… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: July 22, 2005
DVD Release Date: November 29, 2005
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An entertaining and gripping documentary that shows being confined to a wheelchair doesn't mean the fun has to end.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Murderball is no Rocky-esque hymn to the human spirit. It's more like a prison movie...

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

Few sports movies with a premise this powerful ever bother to dig this deep.

Nick Rogers

There's little room for tears in the testosterone-riddled territory of quadriplegic rugby. "Murderball" spat on that power of the human spirit stuff and rolled along to a kick-ass showcase of not what spinal injury excluded, but what it enabled.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

An honest, down-to-earth account of how life goes on for people with disabilities.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

This offbeat documentary is inspiring and jaw-droppingly original.

Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

a triumph of filmmaking: of structure, character development, and pacing

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

What emerges is more interesting, thankfully, than a linear offering of sporting triumph in the face of adversity.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro ... pack an amazing amount of storytelling into these 86 minutes, alternating between several distinct narrative threads to create a documentary as engrossing as any fictional movie.

Cole Smithey

The quadriplegic rugby sport referred to as "Murderball" is lovingly examined in a well-crafted documentary that goes a long way toward showing the mental and physical fortitude of these wheelchair bound athletes who insist on living life to the fullest.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Murderball is a good sports documentary and a great look at living with a disability. On the surface, this film unabashedly celebrates defiant machismo and the… More
Chris Weber
This is a very interesting and memorable documentary blending sports, humanity, and living with being handicapped. These guys may be in wheelchairs, but they… More
Jim Hunter
The U.S. and Canadian teams of quadriplegics compete in a rugby-like game called murderball in the paraolympics. The first impression of some of these people is… More
Sophie Burgess
I really enjoyed this film as it allowed me to learn more about quadriplegics and their situation and how they feel about the constant prejudice and… More
Jennifer Xu
I am a sucker for films like these. It's almost impossible that I was not going to like "Murderball." Anything that involves sports and rage and… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Fuck the penguins, this was the best documentary of 05.