100

Village Voice

By Ernest Hardy
Yudin pulls lovely philosophical grace notes from his subjects as they illuminate some universal truths from their very specific world.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
[A] compelling and energetic documentary.
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75

Washington Post

“Iron” opens a window to an exclusive club and gives valuable insight into a small, dedicated and proudly unique community.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
As narrated by Mickey Rourke and with appearances from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, the movie captures the men who mix “sports, entertainment, art and a way of life” — as the former Governator describes body sculpting. It’s their honesty that looms large.
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60

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
Those with just a casual interest will find it colorful if a bit undercooked in the human-interest department, with limited insight into what makes its subjects tick, and the occasional rivalries between them.
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50

Austin Chronicle

Mickey Rourke's narration provides an appropriate level of drama and importance as it details the men's training, adversities, failures, and triumphs.
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50

The New York Times

For a documentary about extreme discipline, the filmmakers lack restraint: the movie, about 20 minutes too long, undercuts much of its own momentum.
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40

The Dissolve

By Nick Schager
Like so many documentaries made in a pop style, Generation Iron is a squandered opportunity, sacrificing depth and insight for superficial portraiture and drama.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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