Muhammad Ali: The Greatest
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Photographer William Klein's seminal, gritty documentary on Muhammad Ali concentrates on the athlete's career during his early fights circa 1964 through his later triumphs at the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle. Using an intimate, impressionistic and sometimes surreal style, Klein keeps the fight footage to a minimum and concentrates more on the verbal punches that Ali hurled outside the ring at such opponents as Sonny Liston and George Foreman.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Has the advantage of immediacy."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"The three fights covered in this documentary are not pictured at all beyond a very few grainy stills."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"The film's glories are in the details and its intimacy would be unimaginable in the rigidly spin-controlled atmosphere of 21st-century sports."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The material in Muhammad Ali has been enriched by time, but it leaves one yearning for a film that covers the entire Ali career in somewhat greater detail and depth than was ever, apparently, Mr. Klein's concern."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Quirky enough to blow smoke around most other boxing documentaries."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Offers a rare glimpse of America's greatest fighter before he became a legend."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC
"Hardly definitive ... contains some invaluable puzzle pieces to one of the most enigmatic and complex sports figures of all time"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Much better than the Oscar-winning When We Were Kings."
‑ Rich Cline, Film Threat
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!"
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
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