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  • 75
    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. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    This full, footage-rich documentary shows respect for the social, legal, political, religious and pugilistic battles of the former Cassius Clay. show more

  • 88
    Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-Times

    [A] conventional yet fascinating documentary. show more

  • 75
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    The archival footage in Bill Siegel’s documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali is wondrous. How could it not be, featuring the gentleman in the title. show more

  • 38
    Slant Magazine

    Bill Siegel has made more of a Ken Burns-esque history book--that is, a medium more dry and factual--than a film. show more

  • 70
    Noel Murray The Dissolve

    The Trials Of Muhammad Ali’s real value is in showing—not just talking about—the time and place in which Ali lived. show more

  • 60
    Michael Atkinson Time Out New York

    Produced by veteran Chicago doc outfit Kartemquin (and correspondingly bullshit-free), Siegel’s archive-and-talking-heads narrative revels in forgotten details—like Ali, during his suspension from boxing, appearing in an Off Broadway musical about slavery, the taped footage from which is eye-popping. show more

  • 100
    Kevin Jagernauth The Playlist

    A wholly illuminating look at Muhammad Ali in all his complexity, providing a surprisingly fresh and vivid portrait of a man who played rope-a-dope with history, religion and sport and emerged from the ring as an inspiring, and flawed icon. show more

  • 90
    Dennis Harvey Variety

    It’s an inspiring picture, particularly given the difficulty of imagining one of today’s sports superstars going so far out on a limb for unpopular beliefs. show more

  • 80
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a complex and involving documentary. show more

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