• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: May 14, 2019
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    May 10, 2019
    100
    The greatness of “What’s My Name” is that if you’re young and you know very little of Muhammad Ali, this would be the perfect place to start learning about him — but if you remember Ali in his prime and you’re well-versed in his history, it’s STILL a must-see television event.
  2. Reviewed by:  Ann Donahue
    Apr 29, 2019
    100
    It is the examination of Ali’s post-retirement life in the final hour of the documentary’s second part that is most stirring ... Seeing Ali in a physical fight with himself as he battles Parkinson’s Disease and the damage wrought by the ring is a jarring but necessary epilogue to his story.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    May 14, 2019
    91
    Weighing in at two hours, 40 minutes and airing in one sitting, HBO’s What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali, is as thrilling today as it was in his yesteryears. ... What’s My Name doesn’t delve into its subject’s personal life, focusing only on his career in the ring and his activism outside of it. That’s more than enough to easily fill its extended running time.
  4. Reviewed by: Josh Modell
    May 14, 2019
    83
    By stripping most of the standard documentary crutches from his version of the story, Fuqua lays it all bare, and the resulting portrait is vividly detailed even as it’s understandably incomplete.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Apr 29, 2019
    80
    Fuqua doesn’t seem particularly interested in tying events together--and using archival interviews exclusively makes that almost impossible--and so the result is a project that has a bit of the “then this happened, then this happened, then this happened...” structure that often makes bio-docs feel flat. The reason “What’s My Name” transcends that flatness is the vividness of Ali’s own voice and undeniable charisma.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Apr 29, 2019
    80
    It’s a celebration that, if not quite definitive, proves a stirring work of nonfiction assembly.
  7. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Apr 29, 2019
    70
    What it lacks in depth and rigor, though, it makes up for with the wealth of fascinating photographs and videos, compiled without narration and with a graceful flow.

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