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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 10, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

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  • Summary: Jason Hehir's documentary about the life of the WWE star features interviews from Billy Crystal, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Vince McMahon, Rob Reiner, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • Genre(s): Movie/Mini-Series, News/Documentary, Documentary
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Apr 10, 2018
    83
    This is not a somber film, by any means, or a cautionary tale. It’s primarily a celebration of a one-of-a-kind talent, intended to put him back into his proper context. Specifically, Andre The Giant is about wrestling, and how one man helped pave the way for the sport’s 1980s boom.
  2. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Apr 10, 2018
    80
    None of my skepticism about the documentary's failure to cut quite deep enough or to get enough distance from its subject is close to damning. Andre the Giant was so captivating a figure, and Andre the Giant captures so much of how and why he was impossible to look away from. It's just that the unexpected pathos and humanity that he often brought into the ring leaves me also craving more of a man who, it could turn out, was just a myth wrapped in a bigger myth.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Apr 10, 2018
    80
    [A] celebratory and poignant documentary. ... Executive produced by Bill Simmons, and sharply directed by Hehir, Andre the Giant doesn’t have to work hard to mythologize the grappler.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Bonesteel
    Apr 10, 2018
    70
    Andre the Giant is a fast-paced, thorough affair. But it’s hardly groundbreaking, with Simmons--via emulation instead of innovation--reviving an HBO format he previously claimed to have killed.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    Apr 10, 2018
    67
    Pro wrestling is an entire industry built around an illusion, and it’s something that “Andre the Giant” often nods at, but often seems to brush aside in favor of focusing on the deep resonance it has with its fans.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 28, 2018
    9
    This documentary is really well done and I'm not a huge wrestling fan: it's the story of an iconic gentle giant. You'll find moments ofThis documentary is really well done and I'm not a huge wrestling fan: it's the story of an iconic gentle giant. You'll find moments of humor, tenderness, and irony. I really enjoyed how HBO went back and interviewed all the people in Andre's life, how complex he was with his condition, and it really spoke to his spirit. Again, not a huge fanboy of wrestling, but this documentary moved me. It had depth, range, and well-suited emotion. Expand
  2. Apr 12, 2018
    9
    This is a solid documentary. If you're a wrestling fan, you'll definitely enjoy it. That said, if you're a wrestling fan, you may know a lotThis is a solid documentary. If you're a wrestling fan, you'll definitely enjoy it. That said, if you're a wrestling fan, you may know a lot of the things they cover in the doc already, thus making it somewhat redundant. I wouldn't subscribe to HBO for it, but if you're already a subscriber, or you can find it online, it's a good way to spend an hour and a half. Expand