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Ali Reviews

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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
Leigh Johnson
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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-

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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

Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
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
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 30, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Exhilarating, stylish, intelligent historical drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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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