The Trials Of Muhammad Ali
The Trials Of Muhammad Ali (2013)

The Trials of Muhammad Ali is not a conventional sports documentary. Befitting its extraordinary and complex subject, the film examines Ali's life outside the ring, beginning with the announcement of his deeply held and controversial… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 23, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 21, 2014
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Consensus: Director Bill Siegel doesn't explore any new boundaries of the documentary with The Trials of Muhammad Ali, but his subject is so inherently fascinating that the movie proves gripping in spite of its familiar beats.

Tom Long
Detroit News

As with the best stories, "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" puts one man's story within a greater context. This is Ali's story, but it's America's story, too. Here, it's well told.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Ali's life has been recounted so many times that you'd think no one could come up with a fresh angle on it; documentary maker Bill Siegel succeeds, primarily by delving into the religious story, largely downplayed by the mainstream.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

A maddeningly incomplete portrait of the champ on the defensive, where he was never at his best.

Peter Sobczynski

The Trials of Muhammad Ali allows us a chance to see Muhammad Ali not as an icon but as a man willing to take a stand, even an unpopular one, for something that he believed in.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

If you have fond memories of David Susskind's talk shows from the golden age of 1960s television, prepare to have them blasted away by this revealing documentary.

Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

It's hard to go wrong with footage of the charismatic and abrasive Ali who is not always depicted as a saint

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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times

Conventional yet fascinating.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

There is history as it's remembered, and then there's history as it happened. This documentary gives us the latter, and it's a true education.

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Christopher Campbell

Works better as a history of events than a biographical film about Ali.

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