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The Trials Of Muhammad Ali Reviews

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+
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
November 8, 2013
Conventional yet fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
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
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
October 17, 2013
It's a deep dive into one of recent history's most fascinating notables.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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
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.
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
September 27, 2013
Balanced. It shows us just enough of Ali in his prime so that we understand how much he lost when he refused to serve in Vietnam.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 26, 2013
An intriguing portrait of a man who never wavered no matter what the world threw at him. Which was a lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 26, 2013
The heavyweight champ's controversial political views are reexamined in this stirring, fascinating documentary.
September 23, 2013
The Trials of Muhammad Ali, Bill Siegel's fascinating documentary about the legendary boxer, cares less about how he handled himself in the ring than how he handled himself in life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 12, 2013
The saga of Ali's refusal to be drafted during Vietnam becomes a profile in courage -- a tale of shocking vilification and faith lost and found.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 11, 2013
An invigorating doc brings the long-forgotten controversy to life.
August 22, 2013
"The Trials of Muhammad Ali" succumbs to the looming danger of hero worship by its end, when Mr. Ali's daughter appears and his continuing trial, Parkinson's, is addressed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 21, 2013
The film never lingers too long on any one thing, instead functioning as a survey in which several fascinating cultural moments are vividly evoked, but then left insufficiently probed.
August 21, 2013
If you weren't there at the time, it's hard to believe American celebrities ever burned this bright.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5