Works better as a history of events than a biographical film about Ali.
| Original Score: 4/5
A rock-solid portrait of Ali's passions about faith and conscience, and a stirring case that his political legacy is more important, and will be more lasting, than his days in the boxing ring.
As with the best stories, "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" puts one man's story within a greater context. This is Ali's story, but it's America's story, too. Here, it's well told.
| Original Score: B+
Where it finds strength is in its exploration of Ali as a man and as a symbol.
The Trials of Muhammad Ali allows us a chance to see Muhammad Ali not as an icon but as a man willing to take a stand, even an unpopular one, for something that he believed in.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Conventional yet fascinating.
Ali's life has been recounted so many times that you'd think no one could come up with a fresh angle on it; documentary maker Bill Siegel succeeds, primarily by delving into the religious story, largely downplayed by the mainstream.
With athletes in 2013 giving in to everything around them, Ali's strength feels even more palpable. He truly was the greatest.
| Original Score: 4.0/5.0
If you have fond memories of David Susskind's talk shows from the golden age of 1960s television, prepare to have them blasted away by this revealing documentary.
As usual the most compelling voice is Ali's own.
Subject is Fascinating
| Original Score: 5/5
There is history as it's remembered, and then there's history as it happened. This documentary gives us the latter, and it's a true education.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's a captivating story and a sturdy, informative documentary, managing to find a fresh perspective of experience for one of the most famous men in the world.
It's a deep dive into one of recent history's most fascinating notables.
| Original Score: 4/4
The archival footage in Bill Siegel's documentary "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" is wondrous. How could it not be, featuring the gentleman in the title.
It feels much longer than its 90 minutes. If you're looking for an Ali documentary, go with the monumental "When We Were Kings."
| Original Score: 1/4
It effectively recalls what a divisive, often irritating, even hated figure Ali was back in the day, before his ascent to the realm of myth and near-sainthood.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The emergent image is of a man who valued his convictions above all else, as tenacious and bold in his personal life as he was in the ring.
| Original Score: 3/5
The film deploys the usual nonfiction arsenal of news footage, archival photographs, and interviews to bring home the strange electricity of these seven or so years.
The documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali is an extraordinarily detailed and textured examination of the man, the time, and the societal forces involved.