100

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The result is an often-anguished monologue built on pride, despair and self-defense. Accuracy aside, Tyson does work hard to analyze his own, clearly complex character. So while we only get half the picture, it makes for consistently compelling viewing.
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100

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
What emerges is a fallen warrior's tale: the inside story of a man bloodied and bowed.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Toback has found a documentary subject as tragic and ridiculous, as bizarre and driven, as the heroes of his other films.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A documentary with no pretense of objectivity. Here is Mike Tyson's story in his own words, and it is surprisingly persuasive.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
You won't know what hit you after watching Tyson. This power punch to the gut is one of the best movies of any kind this year.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Terrifically compelling and, more than that, unexpectedly moving.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
What's so affecting about him in the film, though, is that he doesn't seem monstrous at all. To the contrary, Iron Mike, having meted out epic suffering in the ring and other venues, seems to be a man who has suffered genuinely, even terribly, in the course of a life that he never believed would last 40 years.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
It's a sympathetic portrait of a complex man driven by an anger that still bubbles beneath the surface.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The movie humanizes Tyson and brings him down to the land of mortals, making his achievements loom larger. And if the boxer hasn't entirely made peace with his troubled soul, Tyson suggests the struggle is going his way.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The result is flashy, but the meaning is a bit of a bob and weave.
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83 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.