I Am Ali Reviews

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March 21, 2017
Retracing Muhammad Ali's vibrant life is an opportunity for audiences to reexamine American history, race relations, the civil rights movement, the antiwar movement and the sports world through the eyes of a perceptive black man.
December 16, 2014
Well-trodden territory, but come on, it's Ali- you probably couldn't make a boring doc about him if you tried.
December 6, 2014
Conclusive proof that it is impossible to make a boring documentary about Muhammad Ali. Mind you, the folk behind this lacklustre hagiography have certainly tried their hardest.
December 1, 2014
If I Am Ali is one of the less impressive documentaries about Muhammad Ali, that's mainly because of the exceptional standard of many of the films already made.
December 1, 2014
Very much a celebratory piece that revels in Muhammad Ali's artistry, rather than offering an objective, impartial study of the boxer's quite incredible life.
November 28, 2014
The word 'icon' is overused but as this charming Muhammad Ali portrait shows, occasionally it's utterly warranted.
November 28, 2014
Packed with never-released material, this documentary tells the life story of Muhammad Ali from angles we haven't seen before, even as it has a tendency to drift into hero worship.
November 28, 2014
Any movie about one of sport's most intriguing and heroic characters is never going to be dull.
November 28, 2014
Lewins hardly re-invents the wheel with her dutiful documentary, but the opening dialogue - between Ali, and his young daughter, Maryum - does make you shiver.
November 28, 2014
There have been far more detailed and objective examinations, most notably William Klein's Muhammad Ali, the Greatest, but I Am Ali at least gives a fascinating glimpse into the private side of one of history's most public personalities.
November 28, 2014
The film has one piercing insight: when Ali was banned from boxing from 1967 to 1971, these were not wasted years.
October 12, 2014
It doesn't break any new ground, not does it claim to, but it's likable and reasonably thorough.
October 10, 2014
The movie loses momentum the more it relies on what is supposed to be its novel aspect, the participation of Ali family members. The hagiography becomes tiresome...
October 10, 2014
Unless you have an insatiable appetite for goo-goo father-daughter talks, the recordings are tedious.
October 9, 2014
It would be hard to watch the movie and not take something from it.
Top Critic
October 9, 2014
I Am Ali's contributions to the mountain of extant Ali scholarship are slight, but the privilege of eavesdropping on a man who inspired so many while he asks his little girl Maryum if she's yet determined her purpose on Earth is not.
October 9, 2014
I Am Ali may not be the definitive look at an incredibly charismatic athlete, but it does provide authentic insights and observations from the family he raised and loved. Newcomers to the Ali legend will get a good idea of further areas they can explore.
October 9, 2014
"I Am Ali" merely reminds us of the boxer's appeal, without adding to our understanding.
October 9, 2014
A composite portrait of a complicated figure. ... Lewins' film is an affectionate series of memories, as recalled by Ali's family and associates.
October 8, 2014
"I Am Ali" goes the full 12 rounds with his complete biography.
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