Tyson (2009)

"Tyson" is acclaimed indie director James Toback's stylistically inventive portrait of a mesmerizing Mike Tyson. Toback allows Tyson to reveal himself without inhibition and with eloquence and a pervasive vulnerability.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 24, 2009
DVD Release Date: August 18, 2009
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A fascinating, emotional, and frank confessional from Iron Mike that sheds a sympathetic light on one of boxing's most controversial icons.

Andrew O'Hehir

Half-appealing, half-pathetic.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Listening to Tyson tell his side of the story, you come to understand him with new depth and complexity.

Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

Toback's "documentary" is a one-man show: Tyson is the only interview. But what prevents it from turning into hagiography is the subject's talent for devastating self-exposure.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It all adds up to a fascinating psychological study, a film that goes beyond both the public persona and the fighter's own spin to get at the frightened, angry, explosive, yet utterly understandable boy who became a very troubled and very public man.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Some documentaries grow in the shadows; others demand to be made. The story of boxer Mike Tyson, powerfully recounted in a new film, is as rich as a Dickens novel.

Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

Compelling as Iron Mike is to listen to, it's hard to fault the filmmaker for not wanting to interrupt him.

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Jonathan F. Richards

The most remarkable revelation of the movie is its subject's thoughtful, reflective eloquence and unflinching self-perception...Tyson may or may not be entirely who he says he is, but he's probably not who we thought he was, either.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Something of a cliché.

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

The greatest bout of Tyson's life was no singular opponent but him being an experimental pawn in the battle of nature versus nurture.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Shankle
Don't like how it's told from Tyson's point of view. As usual, he can't take the blame for any of his convictions; it's always someone… More
Gordon Anderson
Well constructed, supremely edited documentary which gets as close to the enigma that is Tyson as one could hope. The fight scenes are electric but despite his… More
Jack Hawkins
"Tyson" is a very interesting documentary. It's an inevitably exciting film (as Tyson always was in his career), stylishly showcasing many of… More
Alexander Wilson
A very good biography by Tyson himself.
Jonathan Hutchings
In Tyson, James Toback sets up a camera, sits the ex-champ down on a couch and lets him talk. And cry. And boast. And self-examine. And, mostly, self-justify.… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"A boy comes to me with a spark of interest, I feed that spark and in becomes a flame, I feed the flame and it becomes a fire, I fed the fire and… More