Ali Reviews

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March 31, 2008
I respect it enormously, but it feels like an art film in search of a movie. Mann recognizes the importance of Ali as an entertainer, but he's in danger of forgetting how to be one himself.
October 3, 2002
The film gives Ali his due by refusing to idealize him or to gloss over his failings.
January 22, 2002
Ali is a far more complex creature than this movie allows for.
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January 9, 2002
It is well-intentioned, sketchy, sprawling and unremarkable. At two hours and 38 minutes, it is also long-winded and exhausting.
January 8, 2002
This could be the only movie we'll get on the fighter, and it's just not good enough.
January 6, 2002
It's the boxer you enjoy, not the sluggish 15 rounds the filmmakers put him through.
January 3, 2002
It's good -- but Ali himself was the greatest. So a reluctant, kind of mild thumbs up for this.
December 28, 2001
Even though the movie is too long and suffers from an inconsistent tone, the narrative is compelling, as are the performances.
December 27, 2001
Loaded with bravura filmmaking flourishes, and exceptional performances.
December 26, 2001
Clearly a triumphant labor of love for its star, Will Smith. Credit director Mann, above all, for recognizing the performance for what it is: A knockout.
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