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Malcolm X Reviews

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June 4, 2012
Spike Lee called 1992's Malcolm X "the picture I was born to make," and star Denzel Washington referred to the titular civil-rights leader as "the role of a lifetime." They're both right...[Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 4, 2011
The perfect combination of epic and personal, intimate and spectacular.
January 2, 2011
Insightful and well-rounded portrait of Malcolm X.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 6, 2010
Lee's film suffers from message over substance and is slightly tedious as a result.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2008
Lee and company have performed a powerful service: they have brought Malcolm X very much to life again, both as man and myth.
September 23, 2008
Visually and dramatically, Lee pulls out all the stops, but it's Washington's performance that really energizes the film, and he's an exhilarating presence throughout.
December 25, 2006
Lamoclm X may seem conventional by Spike Lee's standards, but as a biopic of a controversial historical figure, it's superior to the nobility of spirit of a movie like Gandhi, for example, and Attenborough's high-mindedness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 8, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
June 28, 2006
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 9, 2006
It plays surprisingly safe as a solidly crafted trawl through the didactic/hagiographic conventions of the mainstream biopic.
July 1, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
June 3, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 5, 2005
a thoughtful and insightful rendering that promises to educate generations about the real Malcolm X
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 24, 2005
In the leading man category, Denzel Washington in Malcolm X managed to deliver the best performance of the decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 14, 2005
This is undoubtedly the way Spike Lee should have done it; nothing flashy. He lets the main character's life speak for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 8, 2005
Finds Lee's tendencies towards gadflyish social outrage folded into the fabric of the typically reactionary biopic genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 2, 2005
Controversial, compelling story...Spike Lee in good form.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2005
Denzel brings the legend to life.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 22, 2004
richly layered
| Original Score: 4/5
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