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Six-foot-six Ukrainian brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko moved to Germany to begin careers in heavyweight boxing in 1996, and the sport was never the same. After a 15-year reign over the ring, they made history in 2008, becoming the first brothers in the sport to hold world titles at the same time. Through an engaging mix of candid interviews and absorbing fight footage, Klitschko offers a captivating glimpse into the makings of these champion boxing brothers. But who are these smart gentlemen of boxing, each with a PhD and fluent in four languages? Will Wladimir dominate Heavy Weight… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fawning and generic."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"For those who care about the winning and losing of championship belts, the film's slow-motion attention to pugilistic style and powerhouse punches is thrillingly instructive."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"A bit more blood, sweat and tears would have improved the scorecard."
‑ Alex Zane, Sun Online
"Great action footage combined with learned interviews. The steely-eyed Klitschkos contrast with the hype and flamboyance of the profession fight scene with amazing impact."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"There's enough boxing footage, of course, to satisfy avid fans of the sport, but the brothers' personal history is the real attraction here, with its fascinating revelations about their homeland and culture."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Though this artful film by German documentarian Sebastian Dehnhardt does not stint on inside-the-ring footage, its main attraction is the intense interpersonal dynamic between the brothers."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The two-hour pic's lack of economy makes for heavy slogging, with no boxing minutiae too small for exhaustive exposition."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Perhaps more could have been made of the older Klitschko's move into Ukranian politics, now such a hot potato - but that might be asking a bit much."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"Klitschko at least showcases behemoth athletic champions who are worthy of role model status for reasons other than just their physical accomplishments."
‑ Brent Simon, Shockya.com
"You don't have to be a sports fan to find poetry in their story and beauty in what these bodies are capable of."
‑ Rob Humanick, Suite101.com
"It's a no-nonsense look at what it takes to become a champion - and what it takes out of a man to hold on to that title."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The result isn't quite a puff piece, but it feels like it's building up the brothers' self-approved mythology rather than getting under their skin."
‑ Alison Willmore, AV Club
"It's a story that commands attention, even for non-boxing fans."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Despite a confusing opening sequence and a disappointingly anticlimactic ending, Klitschko makes for a thrilling boxing documentary."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Paste Magazine
"If you want to cheer for the Klitschkos, this profile will be enough for you. If you want to understand them, you'll need more."
‑ Jennifer Merin, About.com
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