Ali Reviews

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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.
October 3, 2002
The film gives Ali his due by refusing to idealize him or to gloss over his failings.
January 29, 2002
Mann's compelling account of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali captures the considerable impact and charisma of the man who literally punched his way into the American consciousness.
January 22, 2002
Ali is a far more complex creature than this movie allows for.
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January 9, 2002
It is well-intentioned, sketchy, sprawling and unremarkable. At two hours and 38 minutes, it is also long-winded and exhausting.
January 8, 2002
This could be the only movie we'll get on the fighter, and it's just not good enough.
January 6, 2002
It's the boxer you enjoy, not the sluggish 15 rounds the filmmakers put him through.
January 3, 2002
It's good -- but Ali himself was the greatest. So a reluctant, kind of mild thumbs up for this.
December 28, 2001
Even though the movie is too long and suffers from an inconsistent tone, the narrative is compelling, as are the performances.
December 27, 2001
Loaded with bravura filmmaking flourishes, and exceptional performances.
December 26, 2001
Clearly a triumphant labor of love for its star, Will Smith. Credit director Mann, above all, for recognizing the performance for what it is: A knockout.
December 26, 2001
If Michael Mann's new biopic of Muhammad Ali is not right up there with the gold standard of boxing biographies, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro's Raging Bull, it misses by only a whisker.
December 26, 2001
Smith makes contact with enough of Ali's swagger, sweetness, wit, and pride to convince us that justice is being done to the boxing champion.
December 26, 2001
Very good and definitely worth seeing, if only to be reminded of the extraordinary life of one of the most extraordinary figures of the last half of the 20th century.
December 25, 2001
Here Smith is not the gangly charmer beloved by his fans, but a solid mountain of a man.
December 25, 2001
It does connect solidly more often than not.
December 25, 2001
A joltin' powerhouse of a movie that deals more in fleeting impressions than pat answers.
December 25, 2001
It lacks much of the flash, fire and humor of Muhammad Ali and is shot more in the tone of a eulogy than a celebration.
December 25, 2001
It captures the impact and the charisma.
December 25, 2001
Filled with vivid cameos and set to an infectious soul beat that effectively covers the underlying hum of calculated precision.
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