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1,261 Ratings


Directed by Michael Mann
United States, 2001
Drama, Biography, Sport


A biography of sports legend, Muhammad Ali, from his early days to his days in the ring.

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Ali Directed by Michael Mann

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2002 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Golden Globes (USA)

2002 | 3 nominations including: Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

2002 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actor

What are people saying?

  • Kamran's rating of the film Ali

    Incredibly visceral, emotive, and (digitally) adaptive. Boasting amongst the best editing and cinematography displayed in recent film, particularly digital. This may be Mann's finest hour, and is certainly Will Smith's. 93/100 - Amazing.

  • Dave's rating of the film Ali

    Making a movie about an iconic figure like Ali and how does Mann open the film? With Sam f'n Cooke. Doesn't get any cooler. What follows is a 10 minute opening sequence among the most impressive filmmaking of the last decade. Yeah, the Ali story/characters are a bit condensed and simplified, but Mann and Lubezki are amazing the whole way. Perhaps not compellingly dramatic, but this is filmmaking of the highest order.

  • Zach Closs's rating of the film Ali

    The narrative is woefully inconsistent in tone and pacing, but this is Mann at the peak of his stylistic powers. The opening fifteen minutes are mesmerizing.

  • Allan's rating of the film Ali

    Great performance from Mr. Smith but pretty dull and unengaging biopic. [2] How is it possible to make the life of Ali boring, I was way disappointed in this.

  • Nick Schwab's rating of the film Ali

    Smith's perfectly cast; the two men have similar personalities. Balances so many emotions (romance, heartbreak, inspiration, adrenaline, turmoil, and philosophy) focusing not just on long boxing matches, but various characters, with great period details. So expansive that it's everything it can be at 157 minutes. It's also easily the best Smith film, perhaps Mann's most underrated, and one of the best sports biopics.

  • VincentVendetta's rating of the film Ali

    In those first ten minutes of scenes and dialogues all flowing and responding to each other, Michael Mann makes a better case for cinematic jazz than Damien Chazelle in two feature films.

  • primos's rating of the film Ali

    In ALI, Will Smith gave a stunning perfomance. I just can’t believe he copied Muhammad Ali perfectly, from body’s muscle, face, also the voice tone! Incredible storyline from the beginning of Ali’s career,until Rumble in the Jungle, the match where Ali took back the champion’s belt which has taken unjustly from him, after he refused to join war with US army in Vietnam.

  • Steve Macfarlane's rating of the film Ali

    Smith owns the role (and the production), and Mann bends over backwards to comply with the demands put upon him by the assignment without compromising his signature style/interests. The result is not much of a movie dramatically. Instead, it's an awesome visual experience, a brutal tone-poem about becoming a god to millions at a heated moment in American history.

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