Ali 2001

Critics score:
67 / 100

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Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News: A joltin' powerhouse of a movie that deals more in fleeting impressions than pat answers. Read more

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: Intelligent, exquisitely acted though ultimately unengaging. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: It's good -- but Ali himself was the greatest. So a reluctant, kind of mild thumbs up for this. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Quite accomplished but finally distant. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: Smith ... demonstrates not only impressive boxing prowess ... but a maturity and subtlety that he's never before shown on screen. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: Loaded with bravura filmmaking flourishes, and exceptional performances. Read more

Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune: We've seen Ali as the charismatic star of the real-time drama of his life. Ali, for all its flashy filmmaking, just doesn't compare. Read more

Elvis Mitchell, New York Times: Mann's first movie with feeling; his overwhelming love of its subject will turn audiences into exuberant, thrilled fight crowds. Read more

Gene Seymour, Newsday: The most impressive and persuasive rendering of a late-20th-century icon since Anthony Hopkins turned on that old Nixon charm in Oliver Stone's 1995 biopic. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 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. Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: It's stirring to be reminded of what a glorious and galvanizing figure Ali was. Read more

Paul Tatara, If you have any interest at all in the subject, Ali is worth your time. Read more

Steven Rosen, Denver Post: It does connect solidly more often than not. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: Dazzling, flawed, achingly ambitious. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: [Mann] manages to dissect the sport visually, transcending the brutality cliche to reveal how speed and power and courage combine with fatigue and desperation and fear. Read more

Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly: The film gives Ali his due by refusing to idealize him or to gloss over his failings. Read more

David Ansen, Newsweek: Read more

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture: Ali is a far more complex creature than this movie allows for. Read more

Rex Reed, New York Observer: It is well-intentioned, sketchy, sprawling and unremarkable. At two hours and 38 minutes, it is also long-winded and exhausting. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Even though the movie is too long and suffers from an inconsistent tone, the narrative is compelling, as are the performances. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: 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. Read more

Charles Taylor, This could be the only movie we'll get on the fighter, and it's just not good enough. Read more

Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle: 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. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: A movie that, at its best, is as brashly eloquent in cinematic expression as Ali was with his fists. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: Read more

Mike Clark, USA Today: Ali is no disgrace, but it's not much of a performer, especially considering that it is one of the few hyped year-end releases that coulda been a contender. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: Filled with vivid cameos and set to an infectious soul beat that effectively covers the underlying hum of calculated precision. Read more