The two-hour pic's lack of economy makes for heavy slogging, with no boxing minutiae too small for exhaustive exposition.
Fawning and generic.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Despite a confusing opening sequence and a disappointingly anticlimactic ending, Klitschko makes for a thrilling boxing documentary.
A bit more blood, sweat and tears would have improved the scorecard.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: B-
Smartly, Dehnhardt's film eschews hype and goes far beyond mere talk.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Fight fans will still find much of interest.
You don't have to be a sports fan to find poetry in their story and beauty in what these bodies are capable of.
| Original Score: 4/5
Klitschko at least showcases behemoth athletic champions who are worthy of role model status for reasons other than just their physical accomplishments.
| Original Score: B
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 8/10
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's a story that commands attention, even for non-boxing fans.