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Beyond the Mat Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Often has the rambling feeling of a home movie Blaustein made for his buddies.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Isn't a slick documentary; some of it feels like Blaustein's home movie about being a wrestling fan. But it has a hypnotic quality.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Staff [Not Credited]

    The match winners and losers may be preordained, but these modern-day gladiators bleed plenty of real blood.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 17+

WWF documentary is OK for older teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that like the WWF shows, this movie is violent and profane. Unlike the WWF shows, this is the truth, and scenes showing Jake with his estranged father and daughter and Mick's wife and children horrified by a fight may be far more upsetting than the fights themselves.

  • Families can talk about the enduring appeal of a violent sport and about the ways that the wrestlers do and don't communicate with their families. After all, even "Puke's" first reaction on being hired by the WWF is to call his mom to tell her how proud she will be.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Lots of wrestling mayhem, bloody and violent.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Some sexual references.

  • language false4

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Alcohol and drug use, including crack.