Ali Reviews

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January 1, 2002
the end to Mann's plodding film only brings relief that it ends
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.
December 28, 2001
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
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
December 27, 2001
Ali lands a few solid blows, but, sadly, it's no knockout.
December 27, 2001
Plays more like a celebration than an examination, emphasizing hagiography over history.
December 26, 2001
Too much style, too little substance, too many questions left unanswered...
December 26, 2001
An intriguing failure that ultimately leaves you disappointed, rather than inspired or invigorated.
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.
December 25, 2001
Smith and Ali are hobbled by Mann's decision merely to skim the surface of Muhammad Ali's larger-than-life life.
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 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
How do you make a dull movie about one of the most interesting people on the planet?
December 25, 2001
With all due respect to Will Smith, you don't send a Fresh Prince to play a king.
December 25, 2001
The Champ deserves better.
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 24, 2001
A padded and considerably dull biography of one of sport's most engaging characters.
December 24, 2001
A curiously unsatisfying piece which reveals far less about its subject than you want to know...overly schematic, more hagiography than history.
December 24, 2001
This is a not a celebration of the boxing champ's life but a kind of gloomy eulogy that seems to have been compiled by strangers.
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