• Released
  • February 1, 2013
  • (NY Limited)
  • R , 1 hr 34 min
  • Documentary
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Village Voice

By Nick Schager
Blending archival footage and new interviews with Nilan, his family, journalists, and fellow combatants, Gibney celebrates hockey's fisticuff traditions while also recognizing how such brutality ultimately takes its greatest toll on those who perpetrate it.
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The New York Times

[Mr. Gibney] scales down his approach considerably here, generally for the better, rather than extrapolate a theory of violence and everything.
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Slant Magazine

Makes room for tender moments of reflection from a guy who, against impossible odds, still managed some victories, the biggest of which may be that he's still standing.
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New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
When The Last Gladiators treats brawls like greatest-hits clips for more than half the movie, then suggests fighting is behind Nilan's decline, it feels like trying to have it both ways.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
He tells his story honestly, but with no great sense of self-awareness or insight.
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61 out of 100
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