The Backyard
The Backyard (2002)

As professional wrestling exploded into new heights of popularity in the 1990s thanks to stars such as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Rock, and Mick Foley, a new breed of amateur wrestling began to grow in its shadow --… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 8, 2002
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Noel Murray
AV Club

Tawdriness aside, The Backyard is remarkable for the intensity of the interviewees, who show a new kind of all-American gumption in the way they filter the mannerisms of low-rung celebrities through their own geeked-out, violent imaginations.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Yes, it's hard to watch, but, like a train wreck, it's also hard not to.

Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

It's unflinchingly honest (and unlike hysterical media reports on the phenomenon, balanced)

Dennis Harvey

Those who've wondered whether TV's WWF show wrestling might have a detrimental effect on impressionable youth will gloat over The Backyard.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

What is going on here? Most would say a lot of incredibly dangerous and stupid activity, and most of the people in this documentary not surprisingly seem none too bright.

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E! Online

Get reeeeeady to wince.

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Janice Page
Boston Globe

Warped entertainment? Yes. Sophisticated? No. And that goes for the movie as well as for the participants.

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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

Though engaging from beginning to end, be warned that this is also harrowing, utterly depressing stuff.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

Chances are you'll probably watch most of this documentary with both hands over your eyes, but if your curious about just what kind of insanity the kids in the heartland are getting up to these days, you won't want to miss it.

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