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When We Were Kings Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0
    83

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    It took director-producer Leon Gast 22 years to edit and finance When We Were Kings, his thrilling documentary about the legendary 1974 heavyweight-championship fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire. But the lag time has only deepened the impact of this thrilling documentary: All sad thoughts of Ali as a wounded warrior fall away in the glow of seeing the champ at his best.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Newsweek David Ansen

    Leon Gast's remarkable film -- which is intercut with terrific recent interviews with eyewitnesses Norman Mailer and George Plimpton -- is about much more than one stupendous fight.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    A wonderfully nostalgic, and occasionally insightful, window into the recent past.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is a new documentary of a past event, recapturing the electricity generated by Muhammad Ali in his prime.

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