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Malcolm X Reviews

September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
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
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.
February 9, 2006
It plays surprisingly safe as a solidly crafted trawl through the didactic/hagiographic conventions of the mainstream biopic.
May 20, 2003
An ambitious, tough, seriously considered biographical film that, with honor, eludes easy characterization.
January 1, 2000
A spiritually enriching testament to the human capacity for change -- and surely Spike Lee's most universally appealing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
Lee has chosen a big subject and, with his quirky talent, has done it superb justice.
Full Review | 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
November 18, 1992
Full Review | Original Score: A