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When We Were Kings Reviews

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January 1, 2000
Gast should have known Ali was the best thing he had going for him, but often it seems that the real fight in When We Were Kings is between Gast and his material.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
June 9, 2016
A film that answers why Ali's death is so significant. [Full review in Spanish]
August 14, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
January 1, 2000
There is a palpable tension, as the two men step into the ring, that is not lessened because we know the outcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
You don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy this.... All you need is an appreciation of recent history and a desire to learn more about an event that had far more importance in the world's eyes than any other heavyweight bout in the history of boxing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2002
A piece of history that touches and inspires.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 26, 2007
Enormously entertaining.
June 28, 2016
Thrilling boxing docu covers race, politics; some profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
With the odds seemingly stacked against him, and surrounded by press, performers, crooks, and charlatans of every stripe, Ali triumphed, and he did so by staying true to his vision and trusting in his own talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 6, 2005
This is the real deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 17, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
April 9, 2005
This is a great documentary film and a must for fans of the sport and Ali.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 24, 2007
Wonderful sports documentary covering the 1974 heavyweight championship fight in Zaire.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 1, 2000
By the time the fighters enter that ring, the excitement factor is almost uncontrollable.
January 1, 2000
Immeasurably enriched by extensive location footage shot by director Leon Gast 22 years ago.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
August 4, 2008
If anyone deserves an award, it is Ali; his charisma makes the film.
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 5, 2003
Read More | 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+
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