When We Were Kings

User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
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  1. J.RyanG.
    May 29, 2005
    7
    An adequate but surprisingly unspectacular film. Starring one of the most exhilarating personalities of the twentieth century (Muhammad Ali) and unprecedented access to an iconic celebration of sports and culture, one would think this film would be a little more rousing and evocative. All these adjectives for this movie?
  2. BhavikP.
    Jun 14, 2006
    10
    very good movie the best documentary film i have ever watched in my life.
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. The stunning vitality and passion of this film arises not only from the high-voltage personalities involved (especially Ali and King) but from the way they galvanized political and ethnic pride among the people of the poor West African nation.
  2. Gast does a nice job of building the suspense leading up to the fight, fleshing out the story with some good color commentary by a handful of people (filmed by director Taylor Hackford, who wisely convinced Gast that these reminiscences and remarks would fill in some historical gaps).
  3. 75
    It is a new documentary of a past event, recapturing the electricity generated by Muhammad Ali in his prime.