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  • “By turns pulse-quickening and contemplative, thoroughly winning...director Lucy Walker (“Waste Land”) pulls off a spectacular feat of her own”

    Variety

  • “The strength of “The Crash Reel,” an engrossing, unsettling documentary Monday night on HBO, is that the filmmaker, Lucy Walker, knows when not to stop.”

    New York Times

  • “The Crash Reel goes flying past all the clichés and treacle-soaked heroics embedded in this theme to a wondrously hard-edge life all its own. ”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Thrilling and compelling...required viewing”

    The Hollywood Reporter

  • “Few documentaries manage to show character arcs as full as the one Walker captures here. ”

    NPR

  • “Snowboarder Kevin Pearce on ‘The Crash Reel,’ Brain Injuries, and Never Giving Up”

    National Geographic

  • “If you thought Jeremy Jones made the heaviest snowboard films around, you haven't met two-time Academy Award-nominated Lucy Walker, director of "The Crash Reel."”

    ESPN X-Games

  • “Enthralling, exciting...Twice Oscar-nominated Lucy Walker is in her element with this enthralling story...an intelligent, exciting and compassionate film…”

    Screen Daily

  • “'The Crash Reel' is not a story about 'the triumph of the human spirit'; it is a story about the mysteries of the human brain.”

    The Atlantic

  • “What complicates and deepens “Crash Reel,” though, is that Walker doesn’t simply wag her finger like Mom telling you not to run with scissors.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Our stomachs turn over simultaneously; our hearts land in the snow with the same synchronous thud.”

    Financial Times

  • “Walker knows what she’s doing...”

    The Onion A/V Club

  • “Lucy Walker’s superb documentary, will initially break your heart. But yes, it’s also uplifting, life affirming, and inspiring...”

    Film Threat

  • “HBO film tells of rise, fall and rise of Kevin Pearce”

    USA Today

  • “There is a pulsating timeliness to "The Crash Reel"”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “The Crash Reel is a joyous tribute to the fragility of life that will break you down and leave you a better person.”

    The Film Stage

  • “The Crash Reel: The 'Definitive Film On Brain Injury'”

    Forbes

  • “Both uplifting and upsetting in equal measure, it's also one of the year's best documentary offerings.”

    CineVue

  • “It's about placing your ambition on the back burner, about winning by giving up. Kevin's physical recovery is quick. The bigger drama is in his acceptance of what happened and how it has changed him.”

    The Guardian

  • “Ultimately, "The Crash Reel" transcends the conventional sports doc for precisely this reason: it refuses to moralize the painful reality of extreme sports, and then explores the juggling act of love and caution that each athlete, and their families, practices every day. The Pearce family is an enthralling and vital case of such behavior.”

    RogerEbert.com

  • “The 15 Best Movies at SXSW 2013”

    Paste Magazine

  • “GQ+A with Kevin Pearce”

    GQ

  • “Phase 4 Acquires Lucy Walker docu 'The Crash Reel'”

    Variety

  • “The Crash Reel: interview with director Lucy Walker - video”

    The Guardian

  • “The British documentary-maker Lucy Walker received Oscar nominations for "Wasteland" and "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom"—her latest film should earn her a third.”

    The Economist: Intelligent Life

  • “Doc/Fest 2013: The Crash Reel”

    ForgeToday

  • “A sensitively rendered look at a horrifying injury, and the honest inspiration to be found in Pearce’s eventual acceptance of his new life.”

    Washington City Paper

  • “It's a terrific, surprising film, not a sports video.”

    The Australian

  • “Snowboarding Star, Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor Kevin Pearce To Speak At Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital's 34th Annual Neurorehabilitation Conference, October 26 - 27”

    The Wall Street Journal

  • “Lucy Walker: documentaries from the school of hard knocks”

    The Guardian

  • “This film is unbelievably moving...MUST-SEE.”

    The Huffington Post

  • “Why The Crash Reel is the one film you should see this week”

    The Guardian

  • “A beautifully honest portrait of a loving family, strength of character and acceptance.”

    Shelf Heroes

  • “I very much feel that what people will take away from the screening of 'The Crash Reel' is a sense of hope for people who have been through accidents, through misfortunes, and this case, traumatic brain injury.”

    New England Cable News

  • “Profile: Lucy Walker - director of The Crash Reel”

    The List

  • “What gives the film real power...is the way Kevin’s determination to get back out there gradually subverts sports movie clichés as Walker widens the scope of the film to reveal how his youthful determination to beat the odds starts tearing his loving family apart.”

    The Scotsman

  • “'The Crash Reel': A Milwaukee Film Festival movie review”

    Examinar.com

  • “What follows is the long and painful process of a person who is unwilling to accept that an accident could take from them something that has been a passion, dream and source of happiness for his entire life.”

    Hey U Guys

  • “This is an anti-sports movie, a hard-learned truth that one doesn’t necessarily come back from every knock.”

    The Irish Times

  • “Assembled from a plethora of visual sources, including the title footage, this impressively edited and dynamically scored film successfully combines visceral bursts of action with intimately observed sequences.”

    The List

  • “"The Crash Reel" stands out by telling Pearce’s story and tackling the wide-reaching issue with an incredible sense of intimacy.”

    On Milwaukee

  • “'The Crash Reel': A Milwaukee Film Festival movie review”

    Examiner.com

  • “This beautiful film has so many great lessons, sub-stories and inspirational moments that I did something I've never done before. When the movie ended, I hit the "start over" function and watched the entire movie a second time. It is without a doubt the best documentary film I have ever watched. Ever.”

    Home Accents Today

  • “the film turns similar sports comeback stories literally on their heads by showing the true costs and risks of such injuries, and by exposing their prominence in sports”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “What “The Crash Reel” accomplishes above anything else is showing the true face of brain injuries.”

    Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital

  • “‘The Crash Reel:’ Recording and Revealing for the HBO Documentary ”

    Connect 2 Media & Entertainment

  • “'The Crash Reel' tells Kevin Pearce's story of risk and recovery”

    Norwood Post

  • “Kevin Pearce's Recovery: Documentary Looks at Snowboarder's Journey Back”

    Valley News

  • “Film about snowboarder Kevin Pearce's Park City crash to debut at Sundance”

    The Salt Lake Tribune

  • “2013 Sundance Docs in Focus: THE CRASH REEL”

    what (not) to doc

  • “20 Sundance Films We Can't Wait To See.”

    Indiewire

  • “At Sundance,The Inspiring Story of A Snowboarder's recovery”

    Red Bull USA

  • “Snowboarder Kevin Pearce stars in film at Sundance,”

    Associated Press

  • “Love Your Brain”

    ESPN.com

  • “Sundance photos: Salt Lake City opening features 'Crash Reel”

    The Salt Lake City Tribune

  • “It's a beautiful film, please make every effort to see it.”

    Monsters and Critics

  • “Exhilarating, moving and inspirational, The Crash Reel is everything that a great film should be.”

    One Movie, Five Views

  • “It’s an eye-opening exposé on brain injuries in all sports, a topic we’re going to hear a lot about in the coming years. ”

    All Things That Are Good

  • “HBO's Kevin Pearce Documentary Is More Than a Comeback Story”

    Policymic

  • “If you can watch it without tearing up, you’re a harder man than I.”

    Outside Magazine

  • “By turns pulse-quickening and contemplative, thoroughly winning...director Lucy Walker (“Waste Land”) pulls off a spectacular feat of her own”

    Variety

  • “The strength of “The Crash Reel,” an engrossing, unsettling documentary Monday night on HBO, is that the filmmaker, Lucy Walker, knows when not to stop.”

    New York Times

  • “The Crash Reel goes flying past all the clichés and treacle-soaked heroics embedded in this theme to a wondrously hard-edge life all its own. ”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Thrilling and compelling...required viewing”

    The Hollywood Reporter

  • “Few documentaries manage to show character arcs as full as the one Walker captures here. ”

    NPR

  • “Snowboarder Kevin Pearce on ‘The Crash Reel,’ Brain Injuries, and Never Giving Up”

    National Geographic

  • “If you thought Jeremy Jones made the heaviest snowboard films around, you haven't met two-time Academy Award-nominated Lucy Walker, director of "The Crash Reel."”

    ESPN X-Games

  • “Enthralling, exciting...Twice Oscar-nominated Lucy Walker is in her element with this enthralling story...an intelligent, exciting and compassionate film…”

    Screen Daily

  • “'The Crash Reel' is not a story about 'the triumph of the human spirit'; it is a story about the mysteries of the human brain.”

    The Atlantic

  • “What complicates and deepens “Crash Reel,” though, is that Walker doesn’t simply wag her finger like Mom telling you not to run with scissors.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Our stomachs turn over simultaneously; our hearts land in the snow with the same synchronous thud.”

    Financial Times

  • “Walker knows what she’s doing...”

    The Onion A/V Club

  • “Lucy Walker’s superb documentary, will initially break your heart. But yes, it’s also uplifting, life affirming, and inspiring...”

    Film Threat

  • “HBO film tells of rise, fall and rise of Kevin Pearce”

    USA Today

  • “There is a pulsating timeliness to "The Crash Reel"”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “The Crash Reel is a joyous tribute to the fragility of life that will break you down and leave you a better person.”

    The Film Stage

  • “The Crash Reel: The 'Definitive Film On Brain Injury'”

    Forbes

  • “Both uplifting and upsetting in equal measure, it's also one of the year's best documentary offerings.”

    CineVue

  • “It's about placing your ambition on the back burner, about winning by giving up. Kevin's physical recovery is quick. The bigger drama is in his acceptance of what happened and how it has changed him.”

    The Guardian

  • “Ultimately, "The Crash Reel" transcends the conventional sports doc for precisely this reason: it refuses to moralize the painful reality of extreme sports, and then explores the juggling act of love and caution that each athlete, and their families, practices every day. The Pearce family is an enthralling and vital case of such behavior.”

    RogerEbert.com

  • “The 15 Best Movies at SXSW 2013”

    Paste Magazine

  • “GQ+A with Kevin Pearce”

    GQ

  • “Phase 4 Acquires Lucy Walker docu 'The Crash Reel'”

    Variety

  • “The Crash Reel: interview with director Lucy Walker - video”

    The Guardian

  • “The British documentary-maker Lucy Walker received Oscar nominations for "Wasteland" and "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom"—her latest film should earn her a third.”

    The Economist: Intelligent Life

  • “Doc/Fest 2013: The Crash Reel”

    ForgeToday

  • “A sensitively rendered look at a horrifying injury, and the honest inspiration to be found in Pearce’s eventual acceptance of his new life.”

    Washington City Paper

  • “It's a terrific, surprising film, not a sports video.”

    The Australian

  • “Snowboarding Star, Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor Kevin Pearce To Speak At Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital's 34th Annual Neurorehabilitation Conference, October 26 - 27”

    The Wall Street Journal

  • “Lucy Walker: documentaries from the school of hard knocks”

    The Guardian

  • “This film is unbelievably moving...MUST-SEE.”

    The Huffington Post

  • “Why The Crash Reel is the one film you should see this week”

    The Guardian

  • “A beautifully honest portrait of a loving family, strength of character and acceptance.”

    Shelf Heroes

  • “I very much feel that what people will take away from the screening of 'The Crash Reel' is a sense of hope for people who have been through accidents, through misfortunes, and this case, traumatic brain injury.”

    New England Cable News

  • “Profile: Lucy Walker - director of The Crash Reel”

    The List

  • “What gives the film real power...is the way Kevin’s determination to get back out there gradually subverts sports movie clichés as Walker widens the scope of the film to reveal how his youthful determination to beat the odds starts tearing his loving family apart.”

    The Scotsman

  • “'The Crash Reel': A Milwaukee Film Festival movie review”

    Examinar.com

  • “What follows is the long and painful process of a person who is unwilling to accept that an accident could take from them something that has been a passion, dream and source of happiness for his entire life.”

    Hey U Guys

  • “This is an anti-sports movie, a hard-learned truth that one doesn’t necessarily come back from every knock.”

    The Irish Times

  • “Assembled from a plethora of visual sources, including the title footage, this impressively edited and dynamically scored film successfully combines visceral bursts of action with intimately observed sequences.”

    The List

  • “"The Crash Reel" stands out by telling Pearce’s story and tackling the wide-reaching issue with an incredible sense of intimacy.”

    On Milwaukee

  • “'The Crash Reel': A Milwaukee Film Festival movie review”

    Examiner.com

  • “This beautiful film has so many great lessons, sub-stories and inspirational moments that I did something I've never done before. When the movie ended, I hit the "start over" function and watched the entire movie a second time. It is without a doubt the best documentary film I have ever watched. Ever.”

    Home Accents Today

  • “the film turns similar sports comeback stories literally on their heads by showing the true costs and risks of such injuries, and by exposing their prominence in sports”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “What “The Crash Reel” accomplishes above anything else is showing the true face of brain injuries.”

    Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital

  • “‘The Crash Reel:’ Recording and Revealing for the HBO Documentary ”

    Connect 2 Media & Entertainment

  • “'The Crash Reel' tells Kevin Pearce's story of risk and recovery”

    Norwood Post

  • “Kevin Pearce's Recovery: Documentary Looks at Snowboarder's Journey Back”

    Valley News

  • “Film about snowboarder Kevin Pearce's Park City crash to debut at Sundance”

    The Salt Lake Tribune

  • “2013 Sundance Docs in Focus: THE CRASH REEL”

    what (not) to doc

  • “20 Sundance Films We Can't Wait To See.”

    Indiewire

  • “At Sundance,The Inspiring Story of A Snowboarder's recovery”

    Red Bull USA

  • “Snowboarder Kevin Pearce stars in film at Sundance,”

    Associated Press

  • “Love Your Brain”

    ESPN.com

  • “Sundance photos: Salt Lake City opening features 'Crash Reel”

    The Salt Lake City Tribune

  • “It's a beautiful film, please make every effort to see it.”

    Monsters and Critics

  • “Exhilarating, moving and inspirational, The Crash Reel is everything that a great film should be.”

    One Movie, Five Views

  • “It’s an eye-opening exposé on brain injuries in all sports, a topic we’re going to hear a lot about in the coming years. ”

    All Things That Are Good

  • “HBO's Kevin Pearce Documentary Is More Than a Comeback Story”

    Policymic

  • “If you can watch it without tearing up, you’re a harder man than I.”

    Outside Magazine

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