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The Trials Of Muhammad Ali Reviews

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
August 3, 2014
It's hard to go wrong with footage of the charismatic and abrasive Ali who is not always depicted as a saint
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
May 30, 2014
Works better as a history of events than a biographical film about Ali.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ray Pride
April 5, 2014
A rock-solid portrait of Ali's passions about faith and conscience, and a stirring case that his political legacy is more important, and will be more lasting, than his days in the boxing ring.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 19, 2013
As with the best stories, "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" puts one man's story within a greater context. This is Ali's story, but it's America's story, too. Here, it's well told.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
November 25, 2013
Where it finds strength is in its exploration of Ali as a man and as a symbol.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Sobczynski
November 11, 2013
The Trials of Muhammad Ali allows us a chance to see Muhammad Ali not as an icon but as a man willing to take a stand, even an unpopular one, for something that he believed in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
November 8, 2013
Conventional yet fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 7, 2013
Ali's life has been recounted so many times that you'd think no one could come up with a fresh angle on it; documentary maker Bill Siegel succeeds, primarily by delving into the religious story, largely downplayed by the mainstream.
Brian Tallerico
November 6, 2013
With athletes in 2013 giving in to everything around them, Ali's strength feels even more palpable. He truly was the greatest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5.0
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 31, 2013
If you have fond memories of David Susskind's talk shows from the golden age of 1960s television, prepare to have them blasted away by this revealing documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 31, 2013
As usual the most compelling voice is Ali's own.
Jean Lowerison
October 25, 2013
Subject is Fascinating
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 24, 2013
There is history as it's remembered, and then there's history as it happened. This documentary gives us the latter, and it's a true education.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
October 19, 2013
It's a captivating story and a sturdy, informative documentary, managing to find a fresh perspective of experience for one of the most famous men in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 17, 2013
It's a deep dive into one of recent history's most fascinating notables.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
October 17, 2013
The archival footage in Bill Siegel's documentary "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" is wondrous. How could it not be, featuring the gentleman in the title.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
October 11, 2013
It effectively recalls what a divisive, often irritating, even hated figure Ali was back in the day, before his ascent to the realm of myth and near-sainthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jamie S. Rich
September 30, 2013
The emergent image is of a man who valued his convictions above all else, as tenacious and bold in his personal life as he was in the ring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
September 30, 2013
The film deploys the usual nonfiction arsenal of news footage, archival photographs, and interviews to bring home the strange electricity of these seven or so years.
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 27, 2013
The documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali is an extraordinarily detailed and textured examination of the man, the time, and the societal forces involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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