Strongman (2011)

Stanless Steel-"The Strongest Man in the World at Bending Steel and Metal"-is the only man alive capable of bending a U.S. penny with his fingers. But the world around Stan-his aging parents, his alcoholic brother, his beautiful… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 26, 2011
DVD Release Date: October 15, 2013
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

One cannot help but think of Fellini's Zampano and Gelsomina.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

An outsider tale of unforced rawness and lilting poignancy.

Nikola Grozdanovic
The Playlist

Not to take anything away from Levy's heartwarming approach into the unfamiliar world of strongmen, but it would take more than just a bit of willpower to stay in the same room with Stan and his inflated ego for more than half an hour.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Strongman is a tantalizing example of the kind of documentary I find engrossing: A film about an unusual person that invites us into the mystery of a human life.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A warts-and-all documentary from first-time director Zachary Levy that moves in close and stays there.

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Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve

Strongman is a heartrending character study of a man blessed with superhuman strength, but defeated and overwhelmed by the everyday bullshit of life.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

Though Levy's film feels shapeless at times, what it loses in structure, it gains in handheld intimacy, letting viewers get to know the mercurial but fundamentally sweet Pleskun.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Without being intrusive, Levy chronicles these lives like a trusted family member, and Strongman allows a privileged and affectionate glimpse of a truly American dreamer.

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Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Fascinating, funny and intimate portrait of Stanless Steel, who likes to lift and bend things.

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