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.
March 25, 2011
You can almost see him thinking his way through his fights...
December 21, 2010
Brutal fight scenes and frank racial issues.
November 20, 2008
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.
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.
January 23, 2003
Mann has emerged with only a few cuts and bruises, while Smith, to paraphrase his character, hasn't a mark.
December 8, 2002
November 7, 2002
Michael Mann reminds us why Muhammad Ali was the greatest -- inside and outside the ring -- in 2001's best film.
October 30, 2002
October 15, 2002
Exhilarating, stylish, intelligent historical drama.
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