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Malcolm X Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 6, 2010
Spike Lee has made a disappointingly conventional and sluggish film in Malcolm X.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
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.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It plays surprisingly safe as a solidly crafted trawl through the didactic/hagiographic conventions of the mainstream biopic.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
An ambitious, tough, seriously considered biographical film that, with honor, eludes easy characterization.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This is an extraordinary life, and Spike Lee has told it in an extraordinary film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Entertainment Weekly
November 18, 1992
Full Review | Original Score: A