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The Crash Reel

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Lucy Walker

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About the Movie

The epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Kevin Pearce and Shaun White is documented in this exhilarating ride into the world of extreme snowboarding. With both practicing more and more breathtaking and dangerous tricks leading up to the Vancouver Winter Olympics, everything suddenly changes for Kevin when a horrific crash leaves him fighting for his life. When he recovers, all he wants to do is get on his snowboard again, even though medics and family fear it could kill him.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 46
  • Fresh: 44
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Ms. Walker doesn't go too deeply into the questions all this raises, but at least she broaches them. Are the sponsors of these athletes promoting recklessness by encouraging stars to push the limits? – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Dec 22, 2013

Fresh: Walker captures a seesaw exhilaration between the thrill of pushing one's limits and the pain of dreams cut short. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Jul 4, 2013

Fresh: The Crash Reel movingly captures the athlete's difficult acceptance of the fact that he can no longer practice the sport that made him a world champion. – Inkoo Kang, Village Voice, Dec 10, 2013

Fresh: Few documentaries manage to show character arcs as full as the one Walker captures here. – Ian Buckwalter, NPR, Dec 25, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Way to Go!

Thank you for putting this movie out. I can't wait to watch it. So much respect for Kevin. Keep charging my man!

Amazing film

Phenomenal documentary, I am usually not a big documentary watcher, but i have watched this film 5+ times. This film was a game changer. It was real, emotional, and an amazing story. Both Kevin and his family are remarkable people.


As a speech language pathologist who works with individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, I found this to be a wonderful depiction of how quickly life can be changed. It was heart wrenching and a extremely accurate depiction of the real-life struggles that not just the patient, but the family encounters along the journey of rehabilitation.

The Crash Reel
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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