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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 25, 2001
It lacks much of the flash, fire and humor of Muhammad Ali and is shot more in the tone of a eulogy than a celebration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Weinberg
December 27, 2001
Scene after ponderous scene is presented in a nausea-inspiring conflagration of pointless close-ups, out-of-focus expositions and handheld "wobble" shots
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 18, 2001
The movie reminds you of Muhammad Ali's boxing style -- elusive, showy, feigning this way and that, but always out of range.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 25, 2001
How do you make a dull movie about one of the most interesting people on the planet?
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
Eric D. Snider
January 2, 2002
We see a lot of events, and hear a lot of talking, but it never seems to mean anything in terms of who these people are.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Victoria Alexander
December 17, 2001
The film was obviously structured to require very little acting from Smith.
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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 6, 2002
Though technically polished... it feels curiously ordinary, a word one never associates with Muhammad Ali.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
December 28, 2001
| Original Score: 5/10
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
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
December 25, 2001
Aside from a lack of story and meandering direction, the thing I liked least about Ali was the guerrilla-style cinematography.
Christopher Null
December 24, 2001
A padded and considerably dull biography of one of sport's most engaging characters.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/5
Erik Childress
December 27, 2001
When an 158-min. film fails to provide less insight into the legend than the barber shop arguments in Coming to America, then its not worthy of our attention
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
December 24, 2001
We've seen Ali as the charismatic star of the real-time drama of his life. Ali, for all its flashy filmmaking, just doesn't compare.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 25, 2001
Ali is no disgrace, but it's not much of a performer, especially considering that it is one of the few hyped year-end releases that coulda been a contender.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 6, 2002
It's the boxer you enjoy, not the sluggish 15 rounds the filmmakers put him through.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 24, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 1, 2002
the end to Mann's plodding film only brings relief that it ends
Full Review | Original Score: C
Shawn Levy
December 28, 2001
For all Smith's dedication and Mann's abilities, Ali remains a figure too big for even the big screen to contain.
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Todd McCarthy
September 17, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 20, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
June 10, 2002
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
December 15, 2003
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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David Ansen
March 31, 2008
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December 29, 2001

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March 24, 2002
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