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The Trials Of Muhammad Ali Reviews

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Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine

Bill Siegel has made more of a Ken Burns-esque history book--that is, a medium more dry and factual--than a film.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 22, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It feels much longer than its 90 minutes. If you're looking for an Ali documentary, go with the monumental "When We Were Kings."

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

October 17, 2013
Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
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"The Trials of Muhammad Ali" succumbs to the looming danger of hero worship by its end, when Mr. Ali's daughter appears and his continuing trial, Parkinson's, is addressed.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 22, 2013
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian

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.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: 3/5

September 30, 2013

Works better as a history of events than a biographical film about Ali.

Full Review Source: Nonfics | Original Score: 4/5

May 30, 2014
Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
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The film never lingers too long on any one thing, instead functioning as a survey in which several fascinating cultural moments are vividly evoked, but then left insufficiently probed.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 21, 2013
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

As usual the most compelling voice is Ali's own.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

October 31, 2013
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali is an extraordinarily detailed and textured examination of the man, the time, and the societal forces involved.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 4/4

September 27, 2013
Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
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Conventional yet fascinating.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 8, 2013
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

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.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: B+

October 19, 2013
Peter Sobczynski
RogerEbert.com

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.

Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 11, 2013
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com

With athletes in 2013 giving in to everything around them, Ali's strength feels even more palpable. He truly was the greatest.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 4.0/5.0

November 6, 2013
Michael Atkinson
Time Out New York
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If you weren't there at the time, it's hard to believe American celebrities ever burned this bright.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

August 21, 2013
Wesley Morris
Grantland
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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.

Full Review Source: Grantland

September 30, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

October 24, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

December 19, 2013
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

October 17, 2013
Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
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Balanced. It shows us just enough of Ali in his prime so that we understand how much he lost when he refused to serve in Vietnam.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 27, 2013
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Although just one of the many Ali films, this is a great look at an American hero and the price he paid to preserve freedom for us all.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 8/10

June 20, 2013
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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An invigorating doc brings the long-forgotten controversy to life.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 11, 2013
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