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Based on 36 Reviews
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  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Ali is a bruiser, unwieldy in length and ambition. But Mann and Smith deliver this powerhouse with the urgency of a champ's left hook. show more

  • 75
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    Connects so often and so persuasively that its shortcomings -- the movie goes slack from time to time -- really don't amount to much. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Ali is no disgrace, but it's not much of a performer, especially considering that it is one of the few hyped year-end releases that coulda been a contender. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Ali nails its subject's anger and courage, but not his lilt; his swaggering boasts but not his sly self-irony; his power but not his grace; and his inner turmoil but not the outward joyousness that has made us come to love him. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    While Smith gets into Ali's head and under his skin, the movie around him has more footwork than punch. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    It was against all odds that Michael Mann ("The Insider") would make a boring movie focusing on the most eventful decade in the life of the most dynamic athlete in history. But that's what he has achieved with Ali. show more

  • 88
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    It's one of the most ambitious biographical films ever made in this country, and one of the most unusual, moving and exciting. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    What keeps the movie from championship status is a sense that the filmmakers see Ali's social and political contributions as extra added attractions, ultimately less important than his greatness in the ring. show more

  • 75
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Ali, in short, is far from a seamless success, but it does get the big things right and it respects a subject who commands respect. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Manages to entertain, even though it stays on the surface. It fails to deliver the hoped-for knockout, but also avoids the pitfall of an early-round collapse. While not attaining the greatness of its subject, it rises to a level somewhere above mediocrity. show more

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