Boom! Boom! The World Vs Boris Becker
Official release poster
Directed byAlex Gibney
Screenplay byAlex Gibney
Produced by
  • John Battsek
  • Alex Gibney
  • Erin Edeiken
  • George Chignell
Edited by
  • Michael J. Palmer
  • Graeme Butler (co-editor)
Music by
  • Peter Nashell
  • Eric V. Hachikian
  • Jigsaw Productions
  • Ventureland
Distributed byApple TV+
Release dates
  • 19 February 2023 (2023-02-19) (part one - Berlin)
  • 7 April 2023 (2023-04-07)
Running time
  • 96 minutes (part one)[1]
  • 113 minutes (part two)
CountryUnited Kingdom

Boom! Boom! The World Vs Boris Becker is a 2023 documentary film by Alex Gibney. It details the life of troubled tennis champion Boris Becker including exclusive access to three years of his life up to his incarceration in the United Kingdom in April 2022. It is a co-production between Ventureland and Jigsaw Productions, with financing from Lorton Entertainment. The first part premiered at the 2023 Berlin Film Festival on 19 February 2023. The film was released in two parts on Apple TV+ from April 7, 2023.


Narrated by Gibney, the first part of the documentary details the precocious rise of Becker the tennis player from teenage Wimbledon champion to becoming world number one. It concludes with the warning that the traits that drove Becker to tennis greatness would in turn also lead to his downfall, to be investigated in part two.[2]



The project is a co-production between Ventureland and Jigsaw Productions, with financing from Lorton Entertainment and boasts exclusive access to Boris Becker over a three-year build-up to his prison sentencing in the UK courts for hiding assets and loans to avoid paying debt, in April 2022.[3] The title is a nod to his "Boom Boom" nickname as a big-serving tennis player. Interviews in the documentary include Novak Djokovic, Ion Tiriac, John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg.[4] Other talking heads include Michael Stich, Brad Gilbert and Nick Bollettieri.[5]


The first part premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on 19 February 2023. Both parts will be available to stream on Apple TV+ on 7 April 2023.[6][7]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a score of 94% based on 17 reviews, with an average rating of 6.7/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Approachable even for viewers who don't know a lob from a moonball, Boom! Boom! chronicles a spectacular rise and fall with absorbing insight."[8] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 60 out of 100 based on five critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[9]

Kevin Maher in The Times gave the film a positive review saying it was "fabulously paced, nicely shot, and with snappy, illuminating contributions from Borg, McEnroe and an unexpectedly wry Mats Wilander. Gibney also re-examines crucial career matches with revealing hindsight".[10]


  1. ^ "Boom! Boom! The World vs. Boris Becker". Berlin Film Festival. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  2. ^ Ide, Wendy (19 February 2023). "'Boom! Boom! The World vs. Boris Becker': Berlin Review". Screen. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  3. ^ "Berlin 2023: Screen's guide to the Special, Forum and Generation titles". Screen Daily. 14 February 2023. Retrieved 19 February 2023.
  4. ^ Escritt, Thomas (19 February 2023). "Berlinale film charts Boris Becker's career from 'boom boom' to bust". Reuters. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  5. ^ Carey, Matthew (21 February 2023). "Berlin: Tennis Great Boris Becker's Rise And Fall Documented In Alex Gibney-Directed Series; Champ Says, "I've Paid A Heavy Price"". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  6. ^ Frater, Patrick (19 February 2023). "Boris Becker Serves up Candor at Berlin Event and in 'Boom! Boom!' Documentary". Variety. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  7. ^ Yossman, K. J. (6 March 2023). "Boris Becker's 'Boom! Boom!' Documentary Sets Apple TV+ Release Date". Variety. Retrieved 6 March 2023.
  8. ^ "Boom! Boom! The World vs. Boris Becker". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 5 July 2023.
  9. ^ "Boom! Boom! The World vs. Boris Becker - Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved 5 July 2023.
  10. ^ Maher, Kevin (19 February 2023). "Boom! Boom! The World vs Boris Becker review — they've scored an ace (but now I want more)". The Times. Retrieved 28 March 2023.