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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Gritty boxer biopic has cursing, brutal violence, sex.

TV Hulu Drama 2022
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This gritty limited series, which was not authorized by Mike Tyson, offers a skewed and rather superficial look at the boxer's life. The Mike narrative, which is offered as a flashback narrated by Tyson at different ages, jumps to different key moments in his life (including brief scenes of boxing matches) and attempts to underscore how systematic racism and poverty shaped them. The quick pace of these events' presentation keeps it from fully demonstrating how they specifically affected his career, relationships, and troubles over time. As a result, what Mike offers is a dramatization of events already discussed in the media, and it doesn't reveal anything particularly surprising or insightful. Some sports fans may be drawn to it, but as far as biopics go, this one could be a lot better.

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