Best Documentary I've Seen All Year (by raymondbiskelle)
This is the best documentary that I've seen all year. Although the film stars boxers Tyson, Hopkins and Holyfield, it is so much more than a boxing movie or a movie for boxing fans. The cast ranges from A-listers like Mark Wahlberg, Ron Howard, Denzel Washington and more and then includes a number of other knowledgeable experts on various subject matters. It's an incredibly entertaining film with so much heart. Any person who has ever been through a difficult time can find something to relate to and hold onto in this film. I found myself thinking about it far after I saw it, which to <more>
me, is the sign of an impactful story. Champs is a must see for me and I give huge kudos to the filmmaker for getting this story told in such a unique way. Bravo.
Great Story about Human Resilience (by jordanmanet)
I watched this on Amazon this weekend and felt incredibly compelled to write a review. There is so much negativity in the world today and it is so easy to get caught up in the negative. I often look for films to help me feel inspired and escape the negativity that surrounds us and this is one such film. These men overcome such immense struggles and it's truly motivational to me in my own life to witness their stories and eventual successes.
The best (by crhamar)
This is the perfect film to watch when you want something that will not only entertain you, but also enrich you. There are so many great docs out there today and this one stands up with the best of them. The subjects are fascinating and you see them in ways that you never have before, which is a true feat, given how public they are. You will also get completely immersed in the highs that you'll feel from the action of the sport and the juxtaposition of the emotion that is palpable when each one of these men faces a hugely difficult moment in their lives. It's not jut a film about <more>
boxing, but it is a film that you can enjoy whether you are a boxing fan or if you are not. I watched on Netflix, but you can find it many places online.
This is a stand out film. I saw the film because a friend invited me to a special screening and knew nothing about it before watching. Afterwards I was totally floored and so happy to have spent 90 minutes that way. Documentaries can often drag, especially in a theater, but this felt so much like a gorgeously shot narrative film that I had to remind myself afterward that this was entirely real and authentic, not a scripted film. The themes, messages and characters were so full of impact. I especially loved Bernard Hopkins' story because I didn't know a lot about him and he is a truly <more>
remarkable person. The celebrity voices were also really fun to watch and totally impressive. Definitely see this one in theaters or on the computer - works so well either way.
As a female who is not super into sports, I wasn't sure if this documentary was going to be my cup of tea. I went with friends anyways to the opening night in NYC. I don't usually write reviews this is actually my first , but I thought this movie deserved special attention. In a few words, I was totally mesmerized and loved it. I cannot watch boxing, but watching the stories of these incredible men was totally captivating and moving. I found their stories compelling and powerful and the message that I was left with at the end was incredibly inspiring. Thereafter, I was feeling <more>
incredibly introspective and started thinking a lot more about various issues we face, as well as issues that I face myself. I would highly recommend.
Passionate, Entertaining and Moving (by sam-beeker)
I had the pleasure of seeing CHAMPS at an advanced special screening followed by a Q+A with director Bert Marcus and Evander Holyfield. In so few words, the film was phenomenal. I know of Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, and knew very little about Bernard Hopkins, but after this film I was a truly passionate fan and admirer of all three men. The film brilliantly weaves stories of their uprbringings and career trajectories with meaningful and powerful socially conscious information. I was engaged for the full span of the film and left asking myself questions about various facets of our <more>
society and even of myself. This is a very special work that needs to be seen. The Q+A with the two men afterward was even more impressive. Evander's candid stories and point of view mixed with Bert Marcus' thorough explanations of why certain things were done and how they were accomplished were incredibly entertaining and powerful. I will definitely be telling people about this film.
It is one of the most inspiring and motivating movie that i have seen lately.Everything about this movie is amazing.Struggle,pain we have in our life and how to overcome it is this movie all about. I always loved boxing though it is not a big sport here in Nepal.i watched it on TV,Youtube.I am a big fan of IRON mike Tyson.He is the man. Poverty,fame and the downfall these things are well defined in this movie. Watch it you will not regret it.This movie is a beautiful journey about passion and the things that you will do to overcome things that you are not able to do. I loved CHAMPS. I give it <more>
Champs is a wonderful documentary that any boxing fan should watch. It concentrates on the side of the sport that we don't get to see. It tells us the struggle and the reasons why boxers become boxers. The lives of the Holyfields, Tysons, and other sporting legends who found in boxing a door to a better life. And how from the top, they fell down, to find themselves again on the wrong side of life, with barely the means to survive. Boxing is dying little by little. It has lost his soul. Champs is probably the last great documentary we will get to see about boxers that became icons; boxers <more>
that paralyzed the world with their punches. A must see, if you care about the noble art.
I'm not a sports fan, but for some reason I usually enjoy sports-related dramatic films and documentaries. I just saw this great documentary on boxing greats Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins- which examines their lives in and out of the ring. The film goes into the mentality that generally leads people in oppressed/impoverished groups to fight. As someone points out in the film- rich kids don't have to fight.I've seen multiple shows/movies/docs about Tyson, and this one explores his insecurities in a way I've not seen in the others so far. The film also <more>
interviews dozens of people involved in the sport in one way or another, including Ron Howard who directed the boxing film "Cinderella Man" , Denzel Washington who starred in the boxing biopic "The Hurricane" , and Will Smith who played Cassius Clay AKA Muhammed in "Ali" , etc... First-rate boxing doc!- forgive me, but this film is a "knockout"! o.O O.o