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When We Were Kings Reviews

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June 28, 2016
Thrilling boxing docu covers race, politics; some profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 9, 2016
A film that answers why Ali's death is so significant. [Full review in Spanish]
May 30, 2014
Almost too concentrated on Ali, but the story plays well with an exhilarating pace and plenty of well-remembered expositional details.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 3, 2011
Gast never makes a mistake by turning the camera on Ali-he comes through like a champ
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 4, 2008
If anyone deserves an award, it is Ali; his charisma makes the film.
August 4, 2008
A film as deserving of respect as its subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 24, 2007
Wonderful sports documentary covering the 1974 heavyweight championship fight in Zaire.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 26, 2007
Enormously entertaining.
March 26, 2007
The intersection of sports, politics and culture enlivens Leon Gast's entertaining documentary about the heavily promoted 1974 heavyweight championship bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 26, 2007
No comedian was ever funnier, no fighter ever faster than Muhammad Ali, who is caught at the top of his game in Leon Gast's valentine, When We Were Kings.
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January 26, 2006
A penetrating emotional analysis of the boxing which is nothing short of inspired.
December 6, 2005
This is the real deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 9, 2005
This is a great documentary film and a must for fans of the sport and Ali.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 25, 2004
I pick it to win the Oscar for best documentary feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 20, 2003
When Muhammad Ali achieved victory in Kinshasa on Oct. 30, 1974, he did far more than win a prize fight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 30, 2003
Powerful. Provocative. A "must see."
| Original Score: 5/5
November 7, 2002
A piece of history that touches and inspires.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 15, 2002
When We Were Kings has given us a joyous, poignant portrait of a man and a time steeped in pride, soul and high hopes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 18, 2002
By portraying the young Ali as hero -- and moving beyond the media image of the poetry-spouting peacock -- Gast reminds us that Ali didn't follow the path of earlier black superstars or earn his stripes by conforming to white society's expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 5, 2002
This is a most rewarding picture, full of delightful anecdotes and even touches of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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