"...ALI is a breakthrough for director Michael Mann....His overwhelming love of its subject will turn audiences into exuberant, thrilled fight crowds..."
New York Times
"...Dazzling....As Ali, Will Smith undergoes the kind of astonishing self-transformation that makes you blink, then stare..."
"...Smith gives a towering performance, defiantly funny and impassioned....Mann and Smith deliver this powerhouse with the urgency of a champ's left hook..."
"...[The film] possesses an informed, intelligent perspective..."
"...Smith is undeniably excellent in the role, capturing the essence of Ali's character....Other supporting performers are equally convincing..."
"...Smith has nailed the voice, the charm, the body language -- he has, in short, become Ali as much as any actor possibly could..."
"...Will Smith embodies the public Ali with supreme confidence, bringing the familiar routines to his life without falling back on mere impersonation..."
Sight and Sound