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When We Were Kings Reviews

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
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+
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 4, 2008
If anyone deserves an award, it is Ali; his charisma makes the film.
Richard Luck
August 4, 2008
A film as deserving of respect as its subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 24, 2007
Wonderful sports documentary covering the 1974 heavyweight championship fight in Zaire.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Todd McCarthy
March 26, 2007
Enormously entertaining.

TV Guide
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
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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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Time Out
January 26, 2006
A penetrating emotional analysis of the boxing which is nothing short of inspired.
Jimmy Chertkow
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
This is the real deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 14, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
June 19, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
This is a great documentary film and a must for fans of the sport and Ali.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 25, 2004
I pick it to win the Oscar for best documentary feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
November 20, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 5, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
May 21, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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