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Klitschko

Klitschko (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 3

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Average Rating: 4/5
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Six-foot-six Ukrainian brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko moved to Germany to begin careers in heavyweight boxing in 1996, and the sport was never the same. After a 15-year reign over the ring, they made history in 2008, becoming the first brothers in the sport to hold world titles at the same time. Through an engaging mix of candid interviews and absorbing fight footage, Klitschko offers a captivating glimpse into the makings of these champion boxing brothers. But who are these smart

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (3) | DVD (1)

Fawning and generic.

October 25, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Though this artful film by German documentarian Sebastian Dehnhardt does not stint on inside-the-ring footage, its main attraction is the intense interpersonal dynamic between the brothers.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It's a no-nonsense look at what it takes to become a champion - and what it takes out of a man to hold on to that title.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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For those who care about the winning and losing of championship belts, the film's slow-motion attention to pugilistic style and powerhouse punches is thrillingly instructive.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The two-hour pic's lack of economy makes for heavy slogging, with no boxing minutiae too small for exhaustive exposition.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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A standard if formless ESPN hagiography, complete with a cheesy cop-show score and little sense of who these guys are outside of the ring.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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A bit more blood, sweat and tears would have improved the scorecard.

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Perhaps more could have been made of the older Klitschko's move into Ukranian politics, now such a hot potato - but that might be asking a bit much.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

It's a story that commands attention, even for non-boxing fans.

December 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Great action footage combined with learned interviews. The steely-eyed Klitschkos contrast with the hype and flamboyance of the profession fight scene with amazing impact.

November 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Klitschko at least showcases behemoth athletic champions who are worthy of role model status for reasons other than just their physical accomplishments.

October 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

Despite a confusing opening sequence and a disappointingly anticlimactic ending, Klitschko makes for a thrilling boxing documentary.

October 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

There's enough boxing footage, of course, to satisfy avid fans of the sport, but the brothers' personal history is the real attraction here, with its fascinating revelations about their homeland and culture.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The result isn't quite a puff piece, but it feels like it's building up the brothers' self-approved mythology rather than getting under their skin.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

You don't have to be a sports fan to find poetry in their story and beauty in what these bodies are capable of.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

If you want to cheer for the Klitschkos, this profile will be enough for you. If you want to understand them, you'll need more.

October 16, 2011 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

Smartly, Dehnhardt's film eschews hype and goes far beyond mere talk.

April 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Klitschko

In anticipation of Wladimir Klitschko's title fight on Saturday, I figured I would give this documentary a shot. I'm a huge boxing fan, and I think the Klitschko brothers are amazing. If you don't follow the sport, or know who they are, they are pretty extraordinary. Vitali and Wladimir are the first and only brothers to hold the Heavyweight championship at the same time(there are four belts, and they have them all). They have been absolutely dominating over the last 6 years, rarely losing a round in a fight. This documentary tells their story growing up Ukraine, through their amateur careers, all the way to their current success as duel champions. Full of interviews with them, their family, and people in the boxing world, this is very informative and perfect as a way to be introduced to them. However, me being a fan, I already knew most of their story(didn't really know their beginning's which I found fascinating). Big drawbacks on this movie, it drags quite a bit. Moves very slow especially for it's nearly 2 hour run time. Also, this is in German, so there are a ton of subtitles to read. I don't really mind subtitles, but when the movie is slow, I think that adds to it. If your a fan, or interested in finding out about them, this is a decent documentary, but it fails on the entertainment side of it all.
July 4, 2012
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