Bill Siegel has made more of a Ken Burns-esque history book--that is, a medium more dry and factual--than a film.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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
"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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Works better as a history of events than a biographical film about Ali.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
As usual the most compelling voice is Ali's own.
The documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali is an extraordinarily detailed and textured examination of the man, the time, and the societal forces involved.
| Original Score: 4/4
Conventional yet fascinating.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: B+
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.
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 weren't there at the time, it's hard to believe American celebrities ever burned this bright.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 8/10
An invigorating doc brings the long-forgotten controversy to life.