Strong! Movie Reviews



Release Date: Jul 18, 2012

Genre: Documentary

Rating: (NR)

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  • 4
    I really liked this doc**entary and I think it is worth seeing in the theaters because it is worth the price of the ticket. THe film is very well made and it has a very interesting subject. I thought that the story was developed and paced very well and the film was involving and emotional. Cheryl Haworth defies all the rules and standarts and it is extremely inspiring and interesting to watch her fight for pretty much everything, I was really amazed by her strength and stamina and I think most people will be inspired by her as well. Overall, I had a good time watching this film and I think you will as well.
  • 5
    This one's an out-and-out winner. I have to say that there have been some fantastic doc**entaries released of late, like "Salute" and "The Imposter", both of which are a nice change of pace from the overblown summer popcorn movies. Make that three, now that "Strong" is in theaters. To be honest, the story kind of reminded me of a real life version of those sports themed movies we'll all seen and loved (like "Rudy" and "The Blind Side") about an underdog that becomes a champ crossed with a bit of "Precious": the film's subject is a large woman with many body issues that need to be dealt with. But the fact that she has body issues does not mean that she needs to be changed or corrected. What I mean is that we need to do the dealing ourselves, challenging our own notions of what is of value and what is not. Do we not like big women simply because we aren't used to them? Are we really all just creatures of habit that can be conditioned to think and believe anything? This movie says maybe we are...fascinating.
  • 3
    We all know that our society (or world, actually) is obsessed with everything that we collectively agree is 'beautiful'. We like to know who's hot, who's not, who's the most beautiful woman in the world, the sexiest man alive, and who's topped this year's maxim 100. We're obsessed - we get it. This movie explores what it's like to be different in that kind of a world, though I feel like it kind of just paid lip service to the whole notion. I wish it would have gone deeper, maybe taken us into the backstory of the woman whose story it is, a weightlifter named Cheryl, who some would call obese. Any woman who weights more than 125 pounds is probably used to being called a cow or a heifer. Cheryl weights more than twice that, and she obviously has a lot of body issues. She also has more resolve and spine than a lot of buff muscle men I've known over the years. She's a role model for underdogs and for those who don't fit in. It's a shame the movie is only interested in her body and her size, rather than who she is as a person.
  • 5
    Girl Power! This is the movie of the summer, as far as I'm concerned, even the movie of the year, if you really want to know. This movie takes a unique look at the world of competitive weightlifting from the perspective of a woman who also happens to be the best in the sport. Cheryl is a big woman, and that has led her to doubt herself all her life, but in the end she knew that all the whispers and criticisms and naysaying was for naught because even though she's not a beauty queen she still has talent, dedication, and a great heart that compels her to go where no woman has gone before. It takes guts to do what she's done and as a woman I have to say that she makes me immensely proud. If only all of us were judged by the same standard of inner strength instead of outer beauty. I wish we would stop telling women and girls that they are valuable only if they are beautiful. It's such a cop out.
  • 5
    Oh my god! This movie made me cry! Imagine being the US of A's top weightlifter who makes it all the way to the Olympics and who is trying to make America proud by being ranked the top in the nation. Then imagine this person being a woman who also weighs 300 pounds. This is what is the reality for Cheryl Haworth who was ranked above all the women AND men (yup, even the guys) when she was on Team USA at the Olympics in 2008. I was just so touched by her personal courage to really love herself for who she is and for what she knew she was capable of doing, even if it meant being something of a freak show in the eyes of the world that looks at its women a certain way (meaning that if you're not perfectly beautiful then you have no value). She shows that real beauty is inner beauty and that the most beautiful people are the ones who aren't afraid of the world and love themselves no matter what.
  • 4
    As a guy, I gotta admit that there's something about beefy and muscular girls that I just don't find attractive. I like girls that look feminine, and I don't just mean bony and skinny. Having said that, I hafta admit that the woman who is the subject of this doc**entary movie is pretty bad ass! She is one HUGE lady, topping the scales at 300 pounds but ruling the roost as one of the world's best champion weightlifters. In the movie she has to consider what she will do after the Olympics because she can't be a weight lifter forever. She will have to choose a new career because weightlifters only get a small window to compete, and that window is almost nonexistent for women. The fact that she makes it all the way to the Olympics in 2008 is a feat in and of itself. I think that this movie opened up my mind to a lot of things i never knew about, especially what it's like to be a woman in a sport like weightlifting. I hope that they make a sequel to this because I would love to find out what she did after. Cheryl is a unique athlete, that's for sure.
  • 5
    This is the kind of movie that you wish they would make more of for young kids -- particularly young girls -- to see. It has a great message about not fitting in and still being okay with that. A lot of kids get bullied today in all sorts of ways - in the hallways, in the locker room, at the mall, even online - and it's good for them to see that there are people out there who are different and who get ridiculed but they are still strong enough to withstand all that criticism and persevere and love themselves in the end. The woman at the center of this story is a 300 lb weight lifter named Cheryl. She's definitely not a skinny mini model and as a woman in a sport that's almost all male, she has to put up with a lot. The story follows her throughout the 2008 Olympics and shows how she has to struggle with her image as she contemplates leaving her career. She is resolute, beautiful, and yes, STRONG. I wish that no matter what happens to her career as a weight lifter in the future that she retains who she really is and that she never feels the pressure to conform. She is my hero - I mean, heroine!

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