Ali Reviews

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December 25, 2001
Filled with vivid cameos and set to an infectious soul beat that effectively covers the underlying hum of calculated precision.
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.
December 25, 2001
A movie that, at its best, is as brashly eloquent in cinematic expression as Ali was with his fists.
December 25, 2001
Smith ... demonstrates not only impressive boxing prowess ... but a maturity and subtlety that he's never before shown on screen.
December 25, 2001
Mann ... makes a valiant attempt. And with the loose-limbed Will Smith in the title role, he gets surprisingly far.
December 25, 2001
The most impressive and persuasive rendering of a late-20th-century icon since Anthony Hopkins turned on that old Nixon charm in Oliver Stone's 1995 biopic.
December 25, 2001
Mann's first movie with feeling; his overwhelming love of its subject will turn audiences into exuberant, thrilled fight crowds.
December 25, 2001
This overlong but sketchy biopic by Michael Mann, in which style repeatedly tramples substance, actually does the great man a disservice.
December 25, 2001
Quite accomplished but finally distant.
December 24, 2001
It's stirring to be reminded of what a glorious and galvanizing figure Ali was.
December 24, 2001
[Mann] manages to dissect the sport visually, transcending the brutality clich to reveal how speed and power and courage combine with fatigue and desperation and fear.
December 24, 2001
Intelligent, exquisitely acted though ultimately unengaging.
December 24, 2001
If you have any interest at all in the subject, Ali is worth your time.
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.
December 21, 2001
Mann and Smith deliver this powerhouse with the urgency of a champ's left hook.
December 20, 2001
Dazzling, flawed, achingly ambitious.
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.
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