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2008 1.4/5 IMDb 7.6/10 (12k) PG-13 SuperHD 106 minutes

Filmmaker Chris Bell points the camera at his brothers and himself -- all steroid users -- for this provocative examination of sports and competition.

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Chris Bell Directed by Chris Bell

Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Social & Cultural Docs, Sports Movies, Sports & Fitness

Language: English

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Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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A thoughtful, informative and thoroughly entertaining examination of the role of performance-enhancing drugs in modern life.

Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic, 2008-07-24

 

A lively and incisive look into the nation's growing preoccupation with pumped-up superlatives.

Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter, 2008-06-23

 

Unexpectedly funny [and] sometimes angry.

John Hartl, Seattle Times, 2008-06-20

 

Smart, touching and enlightening, a combination that makes Bigger, Stronger, Faster the best documentary of the year so far.

Tom Long, Detroit News, 2008-06-13

 

By making this journey personal, a powerful vulnerability permeates the film.

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, 2008-06-13

 

It'll shake up your beliefs not just about steroids but about competition, hypocrisy, body obsession and American notions of masculinity.

David Ansen, Newsweek, 2008-06-09

 

Bell posits that their disillusionment is a side effect of being American and he may well be right.

Reyhan Harmanci, San Francisco Chronicle, 2008-06-06

 

Bigger, Stronger, Faster* is that rare film that truly challenges its audience.

Peter Schilling, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2008-06-06

 

A hugely entertaining personal documentary about what steroids mean to American pop culture.

Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2008-06-06

 

This movie is remarkable in that it seems to be interested only in facts.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2008-06-06

 

The film isn't quite a memoir; it's also a platform to branch off into other areas, briskly and informatively and with a good deal of clearheadedness.

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post, 2008-06-05

 

There's been a glut of pointless first- person documentaries lately, but newcomer Christopher Bell has a legitimate personal take in his film about Americans who use anabolic steroids.

Lou Lumenick, New York Post, 2008-05-30

 

Powerful stuff.

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 2008-05-30

 

It's a fascinating and unexpectedly profound and melancholy meditation on what we have become as a country and on the misguided obsessions that made us this way.

Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times, 2008-05-30

 

Bigger, Stronger, Faster* left me convinced that the steroid scandals will abate as the drugs are reluctantly accepted as inevitable products of a continuing revolution in biotechnology.

Stephen Holden, New York Times, 2008-05-30

 

Bigger, Stronger, Faster* offers persuasive examples of circumstances in which we let people make their own choices, no matter how dimwitted, from plastic-surgery addiction to daredevil stunts.

Noel Murray, AV Club, 2008-05-29

 

Steroids as demonized innocents is a tough pill to swallow, and while Bell isn't out to build a clear case, he succeeds in muddying the waters.

Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly, 2008-05-29

 

The performance-enhancing quality behind this muscular movie is director Chris Bell's willingness to go far beyond the call of duty.

John Anderson, Newsday, 2008-05-29

 

Bell finds the epitome of that tragedy in his own family and, in his first film, digs unflinchingly at its roots.

Michelle Orange, Village Voice, 2008-05-27