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Ali Reviews

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
March 25, 2011
You can almost see him thinking his way through his fights...
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 21, 2010
Brutal fight scenes and frank racial issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
Mann vs. machine.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 26, 2009
More than competently mounted, with a hollowness just discernible in its core... feels like the first draft of whatever film Michael Mann set out to make.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Emanuel Levy
April 14, 2006
The challenge of dramatizing the celeb's life is only partially met nby Mann in this flawed biopic that narrowly focuses one one decade (1964-74), while gliding over Ali's private life and negletcing crucial aspects of his turbulent yet fascinating life.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 25, 2004
Smith, who has a well-developed ego of his own, not only looks like the young Ali but also sounds like the brash Louisville Lip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 7, 2004
Smith's transformation is nothing less than astounding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James O'Ehley
Movie Gurus
May 16, 2003
No matter how good Smith and the other actors are, they seem at times dwarfed by the movie itself.
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Ali contains much information, lots of emotional depth, and a triumphant performance by Smith, but its dragging pace and tendency toward digression often seem to work against its good intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
January 23, 2003
Mann has emerged with only a few cuts and bruises, while Smith, to paraphrase his character, hasn't a mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Mann's Ali is too concerned with cramming all of the benchmarks of his career into three hours to take the time to understand the true joy and compassion of the man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Michael Mann reminds us why Muhammad Ali was the greatest -- inside and outside the ring -- in 2001's best film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
A 154-minute film that is both too much and not enough -- too much boxing, too many hours to sit, and too few connections.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Exhilarating, stylish, intelligent historical drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
October 10, 2002
Mann gets most of the basics right but doesn't quite capture Ali's soul or spiritual growth and commitment.
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 3, 2002
The film gives Ali his due by refusing to idealize him or to gloss over his failings.
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
September 13, 2002
Michael Mann's Muhammad Ali film is not only a terrific biography of one of the 20th century's most important sports figures, it could well be the finest boxing movie ever made.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
September 1, 2002
A clothesline rundown of Muhammed Ali's preoccupied with realism, it neglects to have a thesis.
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Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
August 30, 2002
Full of abstractions that are sometimes distractions... the film's structured schizophrenia, if occasionally wayward, still bears some undeniably tremendous fruit.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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