Ali

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  • Summary: Will Smith and director/writer Michael Mann take you into the heart and life of the boxer, the legend and, more importantly, the man, Muhammad Ali. [Columbia Pictures]

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  1. Positive: 25 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. 90
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Moira Macdonald
    Jun 9, 2016
    75
    Mann, as he showed two years ago in "The Insider," is a wonderfully idiosyncratic storyteller, sketching out a plot line with quick scenes, jumping into the middle of a story and letting us figure out who's who.
  4. 70
    Filled with vivid cameos and set to an infectious soul beat that effectively covers the underlying hum of calculated precision.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    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.
  6. For a movie, Michael Mann's Ali is great radio. It's almost better to squint, so that you see the film in soft focus, just fury and motion and blurred faces; meanwhile, with your ears cranked open wide, everybody sounds much more like they should than looks like they should.
  7. 40
    Will Smith flies like a butterfly, but what director Michael Mann does to the greatest fighter of all time just stings.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Aug 10, 2014
    10
    Although I have never been a fan of Muhammad Ali's attitude and arrogance I have always been a fan of Ali the athlete. I was very pleased withAlthough I have never been a fan of Muhammad Ali's attitude and arrogance I have always been a fan of Ali the athlete. I was very pleased with this movie and it seemed to me to be very accurate in all details. They did a very good job keeping it true to life. This movie was not only factual but highly enjoyable as the story of one of my all time favorites; the greatest, Muhammad Ali. I have given it the highest rating of 10! Expand
  2. Feb 14, 2016
    9
    Powerful, emotionally stirring, and ever captivating, Michael Mann's biopic Ali is a brilliant film that is an example of Mann directing inPowerful, emotionally stirring, and ever captivating, Michael Mann's biopic Ali is a brilliant film that is an example of Mann directing in peak form, comparable to his success with Heat and The Insider. The direction is fantastic and this film touches on many aspects of Muhammad Ali's compelling life and none of them feel out of place. They all feel as if they are coherent and moving towards the same goal. Additionally, the writing is fantastic and did a great job both capturing Ali and making compelling cinema. Will Smith is phenomenally charismatic in the lead role and truly embodies the boxing legend. The choreography of the fights and everything to do with them is fantastic with the music and editing being particular highlights. Both ensure that the fights are as climactic as possible and also compelling as possible. Overall, Ali is truly a brilliant work from Michael Mann that reaches far and high and winds up knocking out the competition. Expand
  3. Apr 18, 2016
    7
    Ali never brings people into shame, neither does Will Smith because with Ali, no one can truly understand how it takes to be a true boxer andAli never brings people into shame, neither does Will Smith because with Ali, no one can truly understand how it takes to be a true boxer and Muhammad Ali, played by Will Smith, proves us how to be one. Expand
  4. Jul 11, 2016
    7
    After I heard news about Muhammad Ali's death.I watched a lot of videos about him.This movie was one of them. This movie focused on his careerAfter I heard news about Muhammad Ali's death.I watched a lot of videos about him.This movie was one of them. This movie focused on his career from the first fight with Sonny Liston to the rumble in the jungle with George Foreman.

    1.Very informative
    Ali is a famous person.If you don't know his life, please watch this video.He became a champ in 1964.But he lost his title due to his political conflicts with Federal Government.His famous fight with Foreman in Zaire.You must learn Ali's great life.

    2.History.
    You will see a couple of important figures in the 60's and 70's.
    Malcolm X is his friends of Ali.Sadly,Malcolm X was killed.
    The president Mobutu Zaire invited Ali to dinner.Mobutu was a dictator in Zaire. He was a political ally with Richard Nixon because of His ant communist stances. It seemed that Mobutu successfully promoted his country, using this great boxing event.

    3.His fight scenes was very real. The movie describes Ali's important fights with Liston, Freizer, Foreman.The film is well described Ali's famous " Rope a Dope." with George Foreman.

    4,Zaire
    I enjoyed Zaire..But people are very nice and friendly.
    The people in Zaire really inspire Ali According to Wikipedia, Ali Bomaye. According to Wikipedia, the shooting also took place in Mozambique.

    Will Smith did a great job.According to Wkipedia, "Smith spent approximately one year learning all aspects of Ali's life. These included boxing training (up to seven hours a day), Islamic studies and dialect training. Smith has said that his portrayal of Ali is his proudest work to date."

    I like this movie.Story, actors and boxing. Hope Ali's legacy lives with this movie.
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  5. Feb 11, 2015
    6
    As unfocused and taxing as it gets, Michael Mann's "Ali" manages to keep the viewers in their seats with some snappy cinematography and aAs unfocused and taxing as it gets, Michael Mann's "Ali" manages to keep the viewers in their seats with some snappy cinematography and a commanding - and perhaps career-best - lead performance. Expand
  6. Sep 17, 2010
    6
    Will Smith was very good but I wanted to see more about what happened out of the ring, more about the man himself. Yes we all know he beatWill Smith was very good but I wanted to see more about what happened out of the ring, more about the man himself. Yes we all know he beat Foreman, Liston, etc in those fights, so why go on so long with them?
    Should have brought it up to date with his later fights, Parkinsons Disease, etc rather than stopping in 1975.
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  7. Jul 21, 2015
    5
    Muhammad Ali is one of the most legendary figures of all-time and he deserves to have a biopic that it amazing and he just doesn't get it hereMuhammad Ali is one of the most legendary figures of all-time and he deserves to have a biopic that it amazing and he just doesn't get it here and I don't think he ever will. Will Smith is great as Ali and I think he was the best choice to play the legendary boxer and I think he did a good job but it seems like this film is too basic and it didn't try to dive into Ali's personal life at all and that what fans would want to see. The film also doesn't really give you a chance to get to know the characters and their role in the film, the film takes off immediately which isn't the best idea for a biography film. This film is way too long it should be at least a half hour shorter and it only focuses on like 3 points of Ali's career so each event drags on and the film starts to get boring which I can rarely say about most sports biopics. 2 and a half hours is a long time considering only 10 years of Ali's life where covered. Ali is sadly forgettable and I can't say I recommend it unless you are already an expert on Ali's career before you watch the film. Expand

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