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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
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
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.
December 25, 2001
How do you make a dull movie about one of the most interesting people on the planet?
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
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
December 17, 2001
The film was obviously structured to require very little acting from Smith.
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January 6, 2002
Though technically polished... it feels curiously ordinary, a word one never associates with Muhammad Ali.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 28, 2001
| Original Score: 5/10
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
December 25, 2001
Aside from a lack of story and meandering direction, the thing I liked least about Ali was the guerrilla-style cinematography.
December 24, 2001
A padded and considerably dull biography of one of sport's most engaging characters.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/5
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
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
January 6, 2002
It's the boxer you enjoy, not the sluggish 15 rounds the filmmakers put him through.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 24, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2002
the end to Mann's plodding film only brings relief that it ends
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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