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Rated R for some language and brief violence.

R In Theaters 12/25/2001 , 158min.
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A.O. Scott
The New York Times
We see the movie levitate when Ali and Brown chant, "Float like a butterfly," the slogan that takes on a different meaning in each context, starting off as hopeful and spry, finally becoming rueful and pointed. When the film pulls off moments like these, it's breathtaking -- a near great movie. Full Review
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. Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Watching Ali, you can be sure of experiencing two opposing things: a sterling performance from Will Smith as Muhammad Ali and a bewilderingly punch-drunk movie from Michael Mann. Full Review
James Berardinelli
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. Full Review
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. Full Review

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