Box art for Bigger, Stronger, Faster

Bigger, Stronger, Faster

  • Rated PG13

independent, special interest

When you discover that your heroes have all broken the rules, do you follow the rules, or do you follow your heroes? From the producers of Fahrenheit 9/11 comes a powerful documentary that unflinchingly explores steroid use in America.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
1 out of 5
2 out of 5

Documentary minimizes harmful effects of doping.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this documentary discusses the benefits and downsides of illegal and legal drug use and not in a balanced manner. Because the director interviews his brothers who use anabolic steroids and other drugs, his perspective is skewed and viewers will be able to tell that despite his reservations about drugs, the director admires his brothers regardless. Also, the dangers are played down, and the overwhelming statement that "everyone is doing it" smacks of justification. Drugs are shown being injected, and pills are taken to achieve a different state of being.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why being the best is so important in our society. Do you feel the need to have an edge over your peers? How far would you go to be number one? How does Smelly lie to his family and his students? How is he lying to himself? What does cheating really mean? Do the people who use anabolic steroids in this film behave differently than those who do not?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It's a fascinating and unexpectedly profound and melancholy meditation on what we have become as a country and on the misguided obsessions that made us this way.

- Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times, Friday, May 30, 2008

Fresh: It'll shake up your beliefs not just about steroids but about competition, hypocrisy, body obsession and American notions of masculinity.

- David Ansen, Newsweek, Monday, June 9, 2008

Fresh: A matter-of-fact funny and clever in-depth look at steroid use in modern-day America.

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Interesting rundown on the steroid debate. This has basically no relevance to my life, so I won't get all judgy. I will, however, give it an entire star for the part where they show how you can sell capsules full of flour to people paying $60 a bottle to get big and strong, based on before and after pics shot on the same day.

- janna, Sunday, October 3, 2010

4 stars

kinda remind me of Michael Moore's documentary.

- citawijaya, Monday, September 13, 2010

4 stars

A good muscled look at the taboo of steroid use and the biggorexic pressures on modern American men. Film-maker is in an ideal situation for doing this project, with two brothers who have used steroids and the film-maker himself having only dabbled with them once and his whole life struggled with the decision of whether or not to plunge in. I think this is just as revealing about widespread cultural hypocrisy as Grass, The Union, Bowling for Columbine, and the works of The Yes Men.

- Stinger839, Sunday, August 22, 2010