All too ironically titled as it details in lethargic and sometimes convoluted fashion the stories of the many heroic and often unsung figures involved.
Sober and honorable, yet it's far from searching.
| Original Score: B-
The struggle it illuminates may continue today, and for a while to come. The battle continues. But its first veterans command our immediate respect.
Gets most of its juice from listening to groups of people who were students and activists in segregated Clarendon County, S.C., and Prince Edward County, Va., during the years leading up to the case.
Few viewers are likely to learn much from the film about what the momentous court decision half a century ago was really all about, or how to meaningfully address the inequities that still plague our public schools.
It's a great concept -- but it's done in by an unfocused and uninspired presentation.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Speed doesn't boast much in the way of innovative storytelling. What it does offer is a story that still badly needs to be told.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The film is at its most quietly powerful ... when telling the story of a group of African-American high school kids who took their discontent to the highest court in the land.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
America moves imperfectly toward the goal of equality, but because of Brown vs. Board of Education, it moves.
| Original Score: 3/4
Rather than merely chronicling the events leading up to the May 17, 1954, Supreme Court decision ... the film explores both its effect and ways in which it has fallen short in creating true equality.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Gilbert's documentary tells the story leading up to the Supreme Court's historical 1954 decision in the Brown v. Board of Education case.
| Original Score: 3/5
As a document of his history, it's breathtaking, inspiring stuff. As an overlong documentary, it still manages to be inspiring, but also an uphill viewing experience.
Gilbert's great achievement lies in his integration of disparate historical threads and voices into one steadily paced, riveting tale.
The events themselves, captured in vital newsreel footage of the period, speak volumes, as perhaps does their unfinished legacy.
While the filmmaker avoids a conventional episodic format driven by central characters in conflict, he hasn't created one that could keep a complex story clear.