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Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary Reviews

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Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine

Purports to tell the true story of the titular imprisoned, controversially outspoken death-penalty opponent, but eventually degenerates into an orgy of congratulation.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 29, 2013
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
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More of a tribute than a hard-hitting piece of American filmmaking, which is too bad, because the subject - the imprisonment of ex-Black Panther figure Mumia Abu-Jamal - deserves a thorough, serious examination.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

August 22, 2013
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International

This tiresome documentary on activist journalist and convicted murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal buries its subject under waves of gratingly repetitive accolades.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 1, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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The case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the African-American journalist sentenced to die for a 1981 Philadelphia murder charge, gets a juicy, visual but inescapably tilted treatment here.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

January 31, 2013
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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An obstructive, agitprop style detracts from the important, singularly American story buried in Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary ...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 29, 2013
Michael Atkinson
Time Out New York
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More hagiography than history.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

January 29, 2013
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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The doc is unapologetically one-sided, and spends more time canonizing Abu-Jamal than exploring the murder and trial themselves.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

February 1, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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A film that would let us decide the pros and cons of his life for ourselves would certainly be welcome.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 28, 2013
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian

Long Distance Revolutionary is a blistering indictment of institutionalized racism and also a sensitive picture of a fascinating human being.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 13, 2013
Kam Williams
AALBC.com

A reverential biopic that wisely leaves the damning evidence on the back burner in favor of focusing on everything about Mumia Abu-Jamal except what exactly transpired at the corner of 13th and Locust in the wee hours of December 9, 1981.

Full Review Source: AALBC.com | Original Score: 4/4

January 21, 2013
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A documentary charting the extraordinary life and work of Mumia Abu-Jamal from his prison cell over the last 30 years.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

January 31, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Director Stephen Vittoria lines up a roster of writers and educators, actors and activists, to sing Abu-Jamal's praise. And praise they do.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 3, 2013
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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Vittoria avoids discussing the crime for which Abu-Jamal spent 29 years in solitary confinement on death row, instead tracing the path of a brilliant journalist whose message cannot be silenced.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 1, 2013
Leonard Maltin
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You don't have to agree with Abu-Jamal's politics to admire his work ethic-or his eloquence.

Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks

November 16, 2013
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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"Mumia" gradually becomes a persuasive attempt to celebrate the content of his character, not the violence that apparently led to his imprisonment.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 21, 2013
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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This film is certainly a bracing change from the usual back-and-forth of the evening news.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 31, 2013
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