The subject of the film is an Austin, Texas institution, Lord's Gym, which was founded over twenty years ago by Richard Lord, a former professional boxer. A wide variety of people of all ages, races, ethnicities and social classes train at the gym: men, women, children, doctors, lawyers, judges, business men and women, immigrants, professional boxers and people who want to become professional boxers alongside amateurs who love the sport and teenagers who are trying to develop strength and assertiveness. The gym is an example of the American “melting pot” where people meet, talk, and train.
BOXING GYM was included in three critics’ Best Films of 2010 lists for the Jan/Feb issue of Film Comment.
Nic Rapold’s list was unranked, but included BOXING GYM.
The film tied for the number 2 spot on Kent Jones’s list.
It appeared as number 10 on Thom Andersen’s list.
– Film Comment Magazine
–Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“One of [Wiseman’s] most meditative films.”
–Dennis Lim, The New York Times
–Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“A crowning accomplishment”
–J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
“Wiseman scores a knockout”
– Time Out New York