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Documentary . Biography . Sport

A documentary about the sport of boxing, as seen through the eyes of champions Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins.

Actors: Mike Tyson , Evander Holyfield , Bernard Hopkins , Mark Wahlberg , Denzel Washington , 50 Cent , Spike Lee , Larry 'Ratso' Sloman
Directors: Bert Marcus
Country: USA
Release: 2015-03-13
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  • Kevin Jagernauth

    Tracking the rise of each fighter, Champs underscores the incredible skill, talent and fortitude each had on their way to the top, however it never shies away from pointing out the systemic failures that let them down.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    It really packs a punch (bet you saw that one coming).

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Bert Marcus offers more sociology than boxing fans may expect, using mean-streets origin stories not just for biographical intrigue but to comment on hardships his subjects faced later in life.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Josh Modell

    As a documentary, Champs feels a bit punch-drunk — weaving from one idea to the next while never quite zoning in on any particular target for too long.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Odie Henderson

    Champs is a documentary that wants to say something sociological about the sweet science of boxing. In this regard, it has an undeniable power. Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The sport is surveyed and discussed as the historic route of the underclasses to change their station in life.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Eddie Cockrell

    Director Bert Marcus’ Champs is the moviegoing opposite of a prize fight, a slick but not particularly stylish documentary that actually becomes more focused and energized in the late rounds.

    Variety Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Champs is all over the place and at times too polished for its own good — too many celebrity fan testimonials when more insider insights would have helped. But it comes from a place of caring for an oft-maligned sport.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Often it’s the fighters themselves who best sum up the appeal of “the sweet science.”

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Now and then this documentary by Bert Marcus rises above mere promotion, leaving you wishing it had tackled the sport’s difficult questions in more depth.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Champs dances around the ring when it should be punching.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Michael Nordine

    There's nothing especially new or vital to these familiar scenes; ditto a late excursion into the realm of concussions — undoubtedly an epidemic for athletes of all stripes, but one that further muddles an already unfocused film.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    An unfocused mishmash that thrives only when it fixates on footage of actual bouts.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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