Rolling Stone - 11/14/1996
"...The best documentary of the year. WHEN WE WERE KINGS offers a stunning look at the 1974 Muhammad Ali/George Foreman fight in Zaire..."
USA Today - 02/13/1997
"...[An] extraordinary Oscar-nominated documentary....[A] masterpiece, a total original..." 4 out of 4 stars"
Variety - 02/12/1996
"...Enormously entertaining....A total delight for every second of its running time..."
Film Comment - 03/01/1996
"...A valentine to Muhammad Ali as an athlete and political figure..."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/21/1997
"...[Ali,] wonderfully captured in finely chosen swatches of film, was beautiful, charming, self-confident, articulate and burning with talent in his prime..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/25/1996
"...[Ali's] presence alone makes WHEN WE WERE KINGS a special event....[The film] always compels our interest..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 02/28/1997
"...A time capsule....It is a new documentary of a past event, recapturing the electricity generated by Muhammad Ali in his prime..."
Twenty-two years in the making, this documentary chronicles one of the most famous heavyweight championship bouts in history, the Muhammad Ali-George Foreman "Rumble in the Jungle" in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974. Along with highlights of underdog Ali's stunning victory and infamous "Rope-A-Dope" tactics, the film also covers the back-story of the event and its cultural significance, with footage of Ali's goodwill tours, concert footage featuring B.B. King and James Brown, interviews with George Plimpton, Norman Mailer and Don King, and more. Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Feature.