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Malcolm X Reviews

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January 6, 2010
Spike Lee has made a disappointingly conventional and sluggish film in Malcolm X.
January 6, 2010
Benefits from a lively lead performance by the miscast Denzel Washington but doesn't come within light years of the book, one of the greatest American autobiographies.
September 23, 2008
Lee sketches Malcolm's life colorfully, if by the numbers. But he falls victim to the danger of movie biography: he elevates Malcolm's importance until the vital historical context is obscured.
August 23, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
August 14, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
January 2, 2011
Insightful and well-rounded portrait of Malcolm X.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
July 31, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
This is an extraordinary life, and Spike Lee has told it in an extraordinary film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2005
Denzel brings the legend to life.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 27, 2002
Just a bit on the looong side, but it's also one of Lee's most complete and commanding films.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 11, 2003
Unfocused and too long by half, but Washington's performance is hypnotic.
| Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
The film does say a lot about Malcolm, both positive and negative, but not nearly as much as one would expect for a film almost twice the length of most feature films.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
January 1, 2000
The point of Lee's engrossing, scathing epic ... is that as long as racism lives, the spirit of Malcolm will -- must -- live.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 8, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
March 4, 2011
The perfect combination of epic and personal, intimate and spectacular.
January 6, 2010
Lee's film suffers from message over substance and is slightly tedious as a result.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
February 9, 2006
It plays surprisingly safe as a solidly crafted trawl through the didactic/hagiographic conventions of the mainstream biopic.
March 20, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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