Ali Reviews

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April 16, 2019
[Michael Mann] successfully recreates an era on screen and provides a great introduction to the fighter that is not clouded by sentimentality.
December 8, 2018
Will Smith takes the wise and sensible option of not trying to impersonate Ali per se, but rather tonally build an impression of Ali from his own natural register.
October 17, 2017
A flawed film, then, and a comparative disappointment. But because of Smith, the scrupulous recreation of the period and the general quality of the performances, I'll score Ali a narrow victory on points.
January 4, 2012
While making a great looking biopic that is filled with detail, Michal Mann forgot to make a film that entertains, creating an emotionally void, tone flat portrait of an athlete whose contribution socially and culturally has yet to be matched.
March 25, 2011
You can almost see him thinking his way through his fights...
December 21, 2010
Brutal fight scenes and frank racial issues.
June 26, 2009
More than competently mounted, with a hollowness just discernible in its core... feels like the first draft of whatever film Michael Mann set out to make.
November 20, 2008
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.
July 14, 2007
December 30, 2006
April 14, 2006
The challenge of dramatizing the celeb's life is only partially met nby Mann in this flawed biopic that narrowly focuses one one decade (1964-74), while gliding over Ali's private life and negletcing crucial aspects of his turbulent yet fascinating life.
December 6, 2005
December 6, 2005
June 25, 2004
Smith, who has a well-developed ego of his own, not only looks like the young Ali but also sounds like the brash Louisville Lip.
January 7, 2004
Smith's transformation is nothing less than astounding.
May 16, 2003
No matter how good Smith and the other actors are, they seem at times dwarfed by the movie itself.
May 14, 2003
February 8, 2003
Ali contains much information, lots of emotional depth, and a triumphant performance by Smith, but its dragging pace and tendency toward digression often seem to work against its good intentions.
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