Klitschko

2011

Klitschko

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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 gentlemen of boxing, each with a PhD and fluent in four languages? Will Wladimir dominate Heavy Weight Boxing for another five years; and will Vitali, the politician, someday become the President of Ukraine? Will they really stick with the promise they made to their mother, never to fight against each other? -- (C) Corinth

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9)

  • 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 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Pulver

    Guardian
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  • Fawning and generic.

    Oct 25, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 21, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 21, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 20, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • The two-hour pic's lack of economy makes for heavy slogging, with no boxing minutiae too small for exhaustive exposition.

    Oct 20, 2011 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

    Variety
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