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Ali

2001
Drama
Biography
2h 37m
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Avg Percentile 46.25% from 2958 total ratings

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Rated 22 Oct 2010
54
46th
It is as if Mann had the tools but did not know what to do with them. First 10 minutes is just awesome - good editing very intense and unusual (in a good way) boxing choreography. It is a character piece, but the insight into Ali's personality is superficial. We never know why he is doing his thing and what makes him go. In almost 3 hours, we learn very little, and the question for Michael Mann is why film such a dull movie about such an interesting person?
Rated 16 May 2009
71
52nd
The cinematography catches the gorgeous yet ostentatious and flaunting tone of several boxing tournaments and arenas, and Will Smith plays a perfect impersonation of Muhammad Ali but near the end his gimmick grew slighty boring and he soon descended into prosaicness. Jamie Foxx outshines him by a long shot. Still a good movie by Mann although this is going nowhere towards his chosen path of greatness.
Rated 19 Sep 2009
90
96th
Great, long movie about the best boxer all time. Despite of that I expected more box-scenes. Ali's big mouth and hilarious, funny talk against his boxing-opponents were awesome like :"What's my name mother fucker". The last boxing-scene against Foreman was incredible good. Music very good.
Rated 19 Feb 2008
70
52nd
Will Smith is a fantastic Muhammad Ali but by the end of the film I really didn't feel like I knew him anymore than I did at the beginning. Having recently watched the biopic Amadeus (which is admittedly very loosely based on historical fact) I think the bar was simply set too high. While I loved the cinematography during the boxing fights and Will Smith's acting I still can't say I thought the movie on a whole was anything more than good.
Rated 23 Feb 2016
70
46th
A wonderfully lyrical opening sequence--detailing Muhammad Ali's career-making first victory over Sonny Liston--belies the fact that what comes after is the standard "greatest hits" biopic template, though at least ALI is clever enough to stick to the champ's most tumultuous and fascinating decade. There is far too much subject matter to unpack sufficiently, but it gets to the heart of Ali's enduring appeal and his unusual heroism. Will Smith shines playing a character instead of a persona.
Rated 22 Apr 2009
50
36th
Could be better, for the great story of a great fighter. But the film is confusing and even with a long movie, you can not see solid information about the life of Ali. However, well acted and well produced.
Rated 30 Apr 2014
68
41st
Michael Mann is the king of potential. Hell, he even gave a first 15 minutes of brilliance, only to let loose another 120 of mediocrity. It may be the fault of the inherent nature of the Bio-Epic, but the film was much less interesting than the man.
Rated 01 Jun 2012
80
71st
This film opens with a sequence so close to perfect that it is easily one of Mann's greatest cinematic triumphs. With a sort of rhythm, it establishes a time and place so vividly that it becomes a masterful symbiosis of emotion and politics. The film's fights are a complete effort in sound and image; shots swing and dance about the ring, keeping the flow taut, while some truly great sound mixing provides the heavy breathing, the mutable crowd reactions, and the strong impacts of the punches.
Rated 25 Nov 2020
60
32nd
Putting aside the fact that Michael Mann directing this is rather *thinking emoji*, he does a very competent job with it. Desperately needed an editor to trim down a bunch of 10-minute montage scenes though.
Rated 18 Oct 2007
50
17th
Michael Mann should stick to taut, tense thrillers. If an hour had been cut, it would have been a much better movie. Ali does deserve a grat biopic, but this wasn't it.
Rated 07 Apr 2011
10
86th
Note: Score applies to the Director's Cut.
Rated 24 Jan 2012
79
59th
Uneven biopic rescued and redeemed by wonderful performances all round, starting with Smith's extraordinary turn in the lead and Voight's wonderfully bizarre Howard Cosell. Overall film suffers because it uneasily compromises a flavour of America in the 60s-70s with a skimpy portrait of Ali himself, who is viewed at a distance as a baffling enigma. This makes much of the drama inherently difficult to connect with, though the fight scenes are excellent, and direction overall is most impressive.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
77
80th
A good film with many fine performances and interesting historical tidbits.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
58th
Wow. Long film... long, drawn out film. Definately more about Ali's life than the actual fights, so don't expect something like 'Rocky' here. More of a drama, less of an action film. But, still a pretty good if you keep that in mind.
Rated 10 Feb 2024
65
46th
This is an epic story, but it doesn't really feel like that in the movie. Mostly there's nothing wrong with the cast (and I say mostly because I loathe Jada) and nothing wrong with the cinematography here, but I just felt so disconnected from the story. No specific relationship, no specific feeling, no amazing scene. The things were there but they were lukewarm and the soundtrack choices just underlined that. A lot could have been fixed with a more concise script.
Rated 02 Jan 2013
85
90th
ikinci izleyiş, director's cut: en incelikli biyografi filmlerinden biri. öznesini kutlamayı, onu pürüzsüz bir süper kahramana çevirmek yerine anlamaya çalışmakta buluyor ve harika sinematografiyle, çağrışımlara dayanan kurgusuyla ali'yi yakalamayı beceren bir film ortaya çıkarıyor mann.
Rated 12 Mar 2017
62
18th
For such a multifaceted celebrity living within such troubling times and being faced with such a dilemma that reveals his hard-set virtues, this turns out to be a rather uneventful, uninspiring, and unimpressive effort. I suppose everything is decent, though Smith's encouraging acting is let down by the underwritten script, which sometimes resorts to incredibly lengthy scenes of nothing happening. At 150 minutes, it feels like I watched nothing at all.
Rated 07 Mar 2012
70
28th
ALI remains a intrigerent person with a clean opinion. It's not a easy to play such a role but Will Smith is doing it fantastic.
Rated 18 Jan 2010
74
56th
Bit too long.
Rated 18 Jul 2010
60
54th
most of my score is based on the fact that the acting was great and the cinematography was also great.... but i defiantly was bored with the plot... Ali just wasn't that interesting to me. I guess i cared more about his fights than his life....
Rated 11 Jan 2010
55
83rd
Will Smith imponerer mig.
Rated 01 Aug 2023
5
81st
Stunning digital imagery from Mann. Need to watch more of his work even if some of the worst people of all time love him.
Rated 23 Jan 2009
82
62nd
good film. enjoy Will Smith.
Rated 06 Nov 2010
15
13th
Good at times but boring on majority. Should have been a 100 min movie instead of 160.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
68th
Awesome portrayal of the best fighter to ever live.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
59
22nd
not so fresh
Rated 09 Mar 2007
78
53rd
A very well done and well acted recount of the greatest boxer that ever lived.
Rated 31 Aug 2010
44
54th
#00s(e)#, story, dir Mann
Rated 14 Aug 2007
67
49th
Jamie Foxx shows why he was so underrated for so long; however, I just never bought Smith's interpretation of "The Greatest." I'd rather watch ESPN Classic and see the real deal. Pass, even though it's not a total loss.
Rated 19 May 2017
5
31st
(commemorative edition) Mann is less interested in examining the character of Ali than his symbolic role in the history of race relations in the US -- I think this is an interesting approach, I just thought this movie was kinda boring.
Rated 20 Mar 2007
71
52nd
I recommend this film for Will Smith, and Smith alone. The screenplay misses the mark, but Smith is dead-on.
Rated 08 Nov 2009
81
64th
even though i hate boxing this movie was great
Rated 26 Dec 2014
45
15th
* Casting, Acting : 6.5 * Script : 4 * Directing, Aura : 4.5 * Ease of Viewing : 3 * Naked Eye : 4.5
Rated 19 Mar 2009
75
63rd
Decent attempt. Smith was mis-cast.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
81st
great performance from will smith
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
80th
Great performance mr. Big Willie.
Rated 01 Aug 2009
75
86th
A typical great performance by Will Smith, and a really good film about one of the most interesting sports figures of all time.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
19th
nott he mae west but not to bad.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
62nd
Surprise dark horse, who knew Smith could act?!
Rated 11 Feb 2021
77
70th
rvw. some great stuff but always feels too long cuz meh middle-
Rated 23 Aug 2007
47
47th
ok
Rated 02 Mar 2009
60
72nd
Forced to watch, actually enjoyed.
Rated 26 Nov 2009
44
5th
Mann's worst picture.
Rated 26 Jan 2009
50
15th
Assumes that you already know Ali's story by heart and just want to see it dramatized. Dramatic, yes, but I had no idea who anybody was.
Rated 15 Feb 2013
71
41st
70.500
Rated 19 Dec 2022
78
72nd
All the boxing training that Michael Mann put Will Smith through might have seemed excessive, but it really paid off when it came time to slap Chris Rock
Rated 02 Dec 2011
60
36th
It's maybe the least compelling boxing movie I've ever seen, but it's still not too bad. Too bad it's so long and slow that the thought of watching it again sounds more like work than entertainment. Should go down as one of Will Smith's better performances.
Rated 14 Oct 2008
82
76th
Good acting on the side of Will Smith, who should have gotten the Oscar in that year and not Denzel Washington. But if you want to watch a really good movie about boxing you should better watch "Raging Bull".
Rated 25 Jan 2009
70
54th
Nah.., I dont think Will Smith makes a good Ali. Moving story though. Ali was a great man.
Rated 18 Jul 2010
70
72nd
Irregular, could have been shorter, but has its moving moments. A movie about one of the greatest personalities of the last century is not an easy task.
Rated 04 Jun 2021
65
43rd
Lubezki is a god with a camera
Rated 05 Feb 2008
55
41st
It should be so much more. Good director great cast and I just found watching Jiggy play Ali. And despite trying really hard I couldn't shake that I was watching will smith play ali. Toe knee :-)
Rated 03 Aug 2009
60
52nd
Nice to look at but seriously flawed. Smith and Foxx are excellent.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
55th
LOOONNNNG.
Rated 19 Dec 2014
75
54th
Desculpa Mann,é uma das melhores cinebios dos anos 00, mas é muito longo.
Rated 05 Jun 2016
68
9th
(...)Michael Mann erzählt die Geschichte zwar nicht dokumentarisch, aber es fehlt ein echter Zugang zum Helden. Genau das aber wäre die Aufgabe eines fiktionalen Nacherzählens der wahren Geschichte! Wir sehen zwar, aber wir fühlen es nicht.(...)
Rated 14 Aug 2007
54
20th
Talk about a blown opportunity. Watch "When We Were Kings" instead.
Rated 05 Aug 2008
70
31st
To me this movie had a very weird tone. I've always seen Ali as man who can keep a positive and energetic outlook on life even when facing adversities. But this movie has such a somber mood through out.
Rated 14 Oct 2011
20
41st
"Ali is an avant-garde Pay-Per-View boxing match, but where's the soul?" - Ed Gonzalez
Rated 23 Sep 2014
70
55th
Oyunculuklar falan iyiydi de sıkıldım la izlerken biraz daha fazla ringde görmek isterdik Will Smith'i.
Rated 26 Feb 2007
50
35th
Mr Smith does a great job at Ali but still dosent convince.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
77th
Michael Mann did a great job with this biopic, as did Will Smith, Jaime Foxx et al. A tough job to do, and they executed it flawlessly.
Rated 25 Feb 2008
85
74th
great movie by one of my favourite directors.
Rated 20 Jul 2017
5
18th
Overlong but somehow not long enough to really get an insight despite concentrating on a specific time period.
Rated 25 Jul 2021
76
48th
During Ali's sweltering jog in Zaire, he sees images in the realms of an ancient tapestry, depicting a legendary warrior, that warrior is himself. He is confronted with his own legend, realising that his footprint is much larger than he could ever believe, and the impact of his actions aren't for him alone, but for an entire nation of people. When he beats George Foreman a heavenly rain descends onto his people, he is a living legend using his fists and fabled words to enact grand social change.
Rated 02 Jan 2011
68
40th
68.000
Rated 01 Feb 2021
80
68th
The film covers a decade in Ali's life ... from his taking the heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston in 1964 to his regaining it from George Foreman in Zaire in 1974. If you don't know a lot about Ali's life, this film isn't really going to tell you. It certainly will tell you what's happening, but it's more interested in executing long sequences that build up atmosphere and emotion than executing on a biography.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
66
37th
Meh for the most part but Will Smith was good.
Rated 24 Oct 2009
20
1st
Bad movie, long, not great writing, Smith was ok, but not that great. I felt like they just tried to attched Ali name to something to make you think it should be great.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
77
45th
Will Smith did a pretty good job channeling Ali.
Rated 21 Apr 2014
73
37th
The pacing damn near killed this movie.
Rated 30 Dec 2006
70
5th
one of the few times will smith did not impress me.
Rated 12 Jul 2007
92
79th
Will Smith is outstanding as Ali.
Rated 07 Jan 2013
55
35th
5+ pretty good
Rated 12 Jun 2009
80
22nd
Great acting but... not much of a movie.
Rated 12 Aug 2013
48
20th
Didn't like the movie and I hated the character Ali. Annoying, cocky and he treated ladies like crap. My least favorite Will Smith film.
Rated 15 Jan 2009
74
45th
Not a bad docudrama on Ali's life. Will and Fox do a great job in this one, my main problem with it is the pacing, it really drags in certain areas. Love the way they did the boxing matches.
Rated 03 Nov 2020
49
50th
Despite Will Smith's career-best performance, Ali struggles with an overlong runtime that isn't justified by the plot and only so-so execution (not the cinematography, it looks gorgeous).
Rated 17 Jun 2009
35
10th
It only scored this high because I respect Ali, but I however hate this movie.
Rated 27 May 2013
66
43rd
performances are awesome as always. the characters Mann makes up, are a little more interesting, though.
Rated 03 Sep 2007
80
22nd
Not TOO bad, but terribly boring as shit.
Rated 04 May 2007
80
59th
A wonderful character portrait and one of Will Smith's better parts.
Rated 07 Oct 2007
100
95th
Absolutely one of the best movies ever made, with an astonishing performance from Smith as the never-dying legend Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay/X)!
Rated 17 Sep 2007
65
49th
handsomely made and well acted
Rated 14 Mar 2020
75
88th
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