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
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