(1999)

Critic Reviews

80

Metascore

Based on 13 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Chicago Sun-Times
A sports documentary as gripping, in a different way, as "Hoop Dreams."
100
San Francisco Chronicle
Exceptional, powerful new documentary.
90
Walking out of the theater, I felt so bereft that I couldn't speak. And it doesn't hurt any less thinking about the movie now, as I write this.
90
Jolts with a quiet intimacy.
89
The documentary has no narration, and uses excellent expository camerawork to say things that no narrator could equal.
88
Boston Globe
Has the impact of a left-right combination to the chin.
75
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Isn't so emotionally powerful as the Oscar-winning "When We Were Kings" but which -- in its more intimate way -- still packs a punch.
75
New York Post
What the film lacks in freshness...it makes up for in its sympathetic and compelling portrayal of its subjects.
70
Often technically rough, but it's painfully compelling.
50
San Francisco Examiner
The story of a trainer and three of his boxers trying to break away from the confines of a gym in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Each story is strong, gripping in its own way. But you've heard them all before.

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