5.8
The Staff

As one would expect from what’s essentially a feature-length sports highlight reel, Bye Bye Barry compiles some stunning archival footage of Barry Sanders’ best runs, given exactly the star treatment it deserves through a grand score and endless praise from the film’s talking heads. But those who might want anything deeper—perhaps about Detroit’s football culture, or the factors that may have led to Sanders’ early retirement—get very little to chew on here. It’s a film that still seems unsure of what it really wants to be, respecting Sanders’ humility and private nature but filling the documentary with famous figures who end up forcing us to view the player as more legend than human.

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