Tyson

Tyson

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Tyson

With these words Mike Tyson, the youngest ever heavyweight champion, retired from international boxing in 2005: "My whole life has been a waste. I just want to escape. I’m really embarrassed with myself and my life."

Through a mixture of achival footage and photographs, this documentary follows Tyson from his youth on the mean streets of Brooklyn, to the very top of heavyweight boxing, to his rollercoaster ride in the crazy world of international stardom. It depicts a man who rose to unlimited heights, only to be destroyed by his own hubris.

2008Rating: R13, contains violence, offensive language & sexual references90 minsUSA
DocumentarySport
Director:
James Toback ('When Will I Be Loved', 'Harvard Man')
Writer:
James Toback
Cast:
Mike Tyson
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

By getting Tyson to open up as he has, Toback has succeeded in illuminating one of the most polarizing, complex and -- the film almost forces one to admit -- misunderstood figures of our time.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Not the full story - not even close - but this is ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson as you’ve never seen him before. One of the most devastatingly personal on-camera confessionals ever put on screen.

4.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Mr. Toback's film, partly because it restricts itself to Mr. Tyson's point of view, offers a rare and vivid study in the complexity of a single suffering, raging soul. It is not an entirely trustworthy movie, but it does feel profoundly honest.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It takes us in close, both visually - the fighter's face, in close-up, often fills the screen - and emotionally. You may not like what you see - although it would take a hard heart to see Tyson as more evil than damaged - but it's hard to think of a more revealing portrait of a sportsman ever captured on film.

4.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The result is as gripping as a title fight and as mesmerizing as a conversation with a cobra. You may not be happy with everything said, but you will not be bored.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Very humane portrait of a potentially extremely unlikeable character.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

By getting Tyson to open up as he has, Toback has succeeded in illuminating one of the most polarizing, complex and -- the film almost forces one to admit -- misunderstood figures of our time.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Not the full story - not even close - but this is ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson as you’ve never seen him before. One of the most devastatingly personal on-camera confessionals ever put on screen.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Mr. Toback's film, partly because it restricts itself to Mr. Tyson's point of view, offers a rare and vivid study in the complexity of a single suffering, raging soul. It is not an entirely trustworthy movie, but it does feel profoundly honest.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It takes us in close, both visually - the fighter's face, in close-up, often fills the screen - and emotionally. You may not like what you see - although it would take a hard heart to see Tyson as more evil than damaged - but it's hard to think of a more revealing portrait of a sportsman ever captured on film.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The result is as gripping as a title fight and as mesmerizing as a conversation with a cobra. You may not be happy with everything said, but you will not be bored.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Very humane portrait of a potentially extremely unlikeable character.

4.0
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