Champs (2015)

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Boxing, "the poor man's sport," has long given kids from America's roughest neighborhoods an opportunity to escape violence with violence. But with success in the ring comes new fights for which there is no training: champions are made and broken in the blink of an eye, and young men thrust into the spotlight are often ill-equipped for the fame, fortune, and hangers-on that accompany a title belt. And for many, the toughest bouts are fought during retirement, when health and financial issues begin to mount. Built around the stories of heavyweight legends (C) Amplify

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It's like a thesis whose next draft would be destined for greatness.

Mar 13, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

[A] clearly sincere but achingly cliched look at what's good and bad about the sport and the society that sanctions it.

Mar 13, 2015 | Full Review…
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No one documentary could ever really encompass all that's fascinating and distressing about boxing as a kingmaking sport, a violent cultural phenomenal and a shady business. The slickly made "Champs" certainly tries, with varied success.

Mar 12, 2015 | Full Review…

The historic, socioeconomic, racial and even poetic roots of pugilism are addressed, and celebs and sportwriters weigh in, but often it's the fighters themselves who best sum up the appeal of "the sweet science."

Mar 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Now and then this documentary by Bert Marcus rises above mere promotion, leaving you wishing it had tackled the sport's difficult questions in more depth.

Mar 12, 2015 | Full Review…

Each fighter gets time to tell his story, and each is candid and thoughtful (and in some moments regretful) about their histories.

Mar 12, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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