The Trials Of Muhammad Ali Reviews

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Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
August 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 17, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
August 22, 2013
"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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
A maddeningly incomplete portrait of the champ on the defensive, where he was never at his best.
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
September 30, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
May 30, 2014
Works better as a history of events than a biographical film about Ali.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
August 21, 2013
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.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 31, 2013
As usual the most compelling voice is Ali's own.
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
November 8, 2013
Conventional yet fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
August 3, 2014
It's hard to go wrong with footage of the charismatic and abrasive Ali who is not always depicted as a saint
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
October 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: B+
Peter Sobczynski
RogerEbert.com
November 11, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
November 6, 2013
With athletes in 2013 giving in to everything around them, Ali's strength feels even more palpable. He truly was the greatest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5.0
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Michael Atkinson
Time Out
August 21, 2013
If you weren't there at the time, it's hard to believe American celebrities ever burned this bright.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
September 30, 2013
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.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 24, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: B+
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
October 17, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
September 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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