Ali (2001)

The life story of heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, following the champ's early days as Cassius Clay and his rise in sports and politics, including his controversial refusal to fight in the Vietnam War and his infamous comeback… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 25, 2001
DVD Release Date: April 30, 2002
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though perhaps no film could fully do justice to the fascinating life and personality of Muhammad Ali, Mann's direction and Smith's performance combine to pack a solid punch.

Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

The film gives Ali his due by refusing to idealize him or to gloss over his failings.

Charles Taylor

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

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Pat Stacey
The Herald (Ireland)

A flawed film, then, and a comparative disappointment. But because of Smith, the scrupulous recreation of the period and the general quality of the performances, I'll score Ali a narrow victory on points.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Ali is a far more complex creature than this movie allows for.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's the boxer you enjoy, not the sluggish 15 rounds the filmmakers put him through.

Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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.

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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.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It's good -- but Ali himself was the greatest. So a reluctant, kind of mild thumbs up for this.

Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

You can almost see him thinking his way through his fights...

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
This movie is probably Will smiths best movie. Will smith is a brilliant actor. He plays the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. I expected more of a boxing movie but… More
Eric Alvarez
Smith has a tough role to tackle with Ali, but he does a tremendous job with it. Solid.
Alex roy
Michael Mann's Ali is an average boxing film about the Muhammad Ali, one of the most famous boxers who has ever lived. Unfortunately, I felt that this… More
Manu Gino
The Champ is here! Good movie and terrific acting by Will Smith as Muhammad Ali, he really deserved his 2002 nomination for best actor oscar. They story to me… More
xGary Xx
This biopic concentrates on the period between Muhammad Ali gaining the heavyweight championship of the world as Cassius Clay, through to when regained it at… More
Chris Weber
Michael Mann is a talented filmmaker I really like, but his last few films that I've watched have been a little perplexing. They have good intentions, and… More