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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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