Ali Reviews

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March 31, 2008
I respect it enormously, but it feels like an art film in search of a movie. Mann recognizes the importance of Ali as an entertainer, but he's in danger of forgetting how to be one himself.
October 3, 2002
The film gives Ali his due by refusing to idealize him or to gloss over his failings.
January 22, 2002
Ali is a far more complex creature than this movie allows for.
Top Critic
January 9, 2002
It is well-intentioned, sketchy, sprawling and unremarkable. At two hours and 38 minutes, it is also long-winded and exhausting.
January 8, 2002
This could be the only movie we'll get on the fighter, and it's just not good enough.
January 6, 2002
It's the boxer you enjoy, not the sluggish 15 rounds the filmmakers put him through.
April 16, 2019
[Michael Mann] successfully recreates an era on screen and provides a great introduction to the fighter that is not clouded by sentimentality.
December 8, 2018
Will Smith takes the wise and sensible option of not trying to impersonate Ali per se, but rather tonally build an impression of Ali from his own natural register.
October 17, 2017
A flawed film, then, and a comparative disappointment. But because of Smith, the scrupulous recreation of the period and the general quality of the performances, I'll score Ali a narrow victory on points.
January 4, 2012
While making a great looking biopic that is filled with detail, Michal Mann forgot to make a film that entertains, creating an emotionally void, tone flat portrait of an athlete whose contribution socially and culturally has yet to be matched.
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