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  • Summary: The Trials Of Muhammad Ali investigates its extraordinary and often complex subject's life outside the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality, to his global humanitarian work, Muhammad Ali remains an inspiring and controversial figure. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the center of America's controversies over race, religion, and war. [Kino Lorber] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Aug 22, 2013
    100
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Sep 26, 2013
    90
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Nov 8, 2013
    88
    [A] conventional yet fascinating documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Oct 17, 2013
    75
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 26, 2013
    70
    The film never lingers too long on any one thing, instead functioning as a survey in which several fascinating cultural moments are vividly evoked, but then left insufficiently probed.
  6. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Aug 22, 2013
    70
    The Trials Of Muhammad Ali’s real value is in showing—not just talking about—the time and place in which Ali lived.
  7. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Aug 22, 2013
    38
    Bill Siegel has made more of a Ken Burns-esque history book--that is, a medium more dry and factual--than a film.

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