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Notoriously obsessive director Michael Mann and star Will Smith devoted nearly two years and over 100 million dollars from the coffers of Columbia Pictures and other financiers to creating this biography of boxing great Muhammad Ali, which focuses on the ten-year period of 1964-1974. In that time, the brash, motor-mouthed athlete quickly dominates his sport, meets and marries his first wife (Jada Pinkett-Smith), converts to Islam (changing his name from Cassius Clay), and defies the United States government by refusing to submit to military conscription for duty in Vietnam. His world… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film gives Ali his due by refusing to idealize him or to gloss over his failings."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"This could be the only movie we'll get on the fighter, and it's just not good enough."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"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."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Mann vs. machine."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"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."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Ali is a far more complex creature than this movie allows for."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"It's the boxer you enjoy, not the sluggish 15 rounds the filmmakers put him through."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"You can almost see him thinking his way through his fights..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"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."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Smith's transformation is nothing less than astounding."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"It is well-intentioned, sketchy, sprawling and unremarkable. At two hours and 38 minutes, it is also long-winded and exhausting."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"It's good -- but Ali himself was the greatest. So a reluctant, kind of mild thumbs up for this."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Brutal fight scenes and frank racial issues."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"No matter how good Smith and the other actors are, they seem at times dwarfed by the movie itself."
‑ James O'Ehley, Movie Gurus
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