Tyson Boxing is not for the squeamish. And if you've ever seen Mike Tyson at his peak in the ring — like the vicious 1986 beat-down… Tyson Boxing is not for the squeamish. And if you've ever seen Mike Tyson at his peak in the ring — like the vicious 1986 beat-down…
Movie on DVD Review

Tyson (2009)

Mike Tyson, Tyson | TYSON Iron Mike
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TYSON Iron Mike
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Aug 18, 2009; DVD Release Date: Aug 18, 2009; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Documentary; With: Mike Tyson; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Boxing is not for the squeamish. And if you've ever seen Mike Tyson at his peak in the ring — like the vicious 1986 beat-down of Trevor Berbick that opens James Toback's documentary — you don't know whether to avert your eyes or move in closer to watch the wreckage. The same goes for Iron Mike's life outside of the ring (most notably his 1992 rape conviction). In this stylishly edited confessional, Tyson comes across as both villain and victim, pussycat and pitbull. He speaks with his soft lisp directly to the camera about his childhood fears, triumphs, and errors in judgment. Is the director in his corner? Absolutely. But that doesn't make Tyson any less of a knockout. The EXTRAS probably give you more of the always chatty Toback than you want. He's a heavyweight champ in the ego department. B+

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Originally posted Aug 12, 2009 Published in issue #1061-1062 Aug 21, 2009 Order article reprints