The Crash Reel Synopsis
Snowboarder Kevin Pearce wants to return to the sport after suffering a traumatic brain injury.

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RogerEbert.com

It’s thrilling for even a novice fan to watch Pearce.
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The Playlist

By Kimber Myers
The Crash Reel can never be accused of being dry or boring, but Walker brings an energetic style that also complements its subject.
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90

The New York Times

By Neil Genzlinger
An engrossing, unsettling documentary.
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80

The Dissolve

By Andrew Lapin
Walker edits with an eye for poeticism, and at times her choices are unbearably painful.
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80

Time Out London

By Trevor Johnston
Don’t be put off by the jock-ish ‘extreme sports’ subject matter, this is an insightful, deeply affecting journey of emotional discovery...
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80

New York Daily News

By David Hinckley
What complicates and deepens Crash Reel, though, is that Walker doesn’t simply wag her finger like Mom telling you not to run with...
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80

The Guardian

By Henry Barnes
A crash reel – a greatest hits of a boarder's most dramatic falls – is meant to entertain. But Walker takes the cheap thrills of the format...
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80

Variety

By Rob Nelson
By turns pulse-quickening and contemplative, The Crash Reel is a thoroughly winning docu portrait of former pro snowboarder Kevin Pearce.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
The Crash Reel asks pointed questions about hazard, reward and consequence, forcing us to look anew at the rush attached to so many...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Justin Lowe
With a keen sense of the thrills of snowboarding, a cultivated understanding of the demands of the pro circuit and genuine compassion for...
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Inspiring and Heart Felt

By vuttkid30
Definitely a must see documentary. A real eye opener on traumatic brain injuries and the importance of proper post concussion care. An incredibly touching story with amazing snowboard footage for...

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What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 14 & under Pro snowboarder's rise and fall is sobering and inspiring.
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