It would be hard to watch the movie and not take something from it.
Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, 2014-10-09
I Am Ali's contributions to the mountain of extant Ali scholarship are slight, but the privilege of eavesdropping on a man who inspired so many while he asks his little girl Maryum if she's yet determined her purpose on Earth is not.
Chris Klimek, NPR, 2014-10-09
A composite portrait of a complicated figure. ... Lewins' film is an affectionate series of memories, as recalled by Ali's family and associates.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2014-10-09
"I Am Ali" goes the full 12 rounds with his complete biography.
Jordan Hoffman, New York Daily News, 2014-10-08
Unless you have an insatiable appetite for goo-goo father-daughter talks, the recordings are tedious.
David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2014-10-10
"I Am Ali" merely reminds us of the boxer's appeal, without adding to our understanding.
Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 2014-10-09
Ultimately, this feels like a hagiographic official portrait that takes the sting out of the proverbial bee.
Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York, 2014-10-07
If you've been dying to hear the three-time heavyweight champion have endearingly mundane telephone conversations with his wife and kids, this is the documentary for you.
Michael Nordine, Village Voice, 2014-10-07