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Marshall Reviews

October 19, 2017
This real-life case makes for an entertaining courtroom drama that nonetheless reduces Marshall to the level of Perry Mason and consigns to the end credits his greater triumphs.
October 19, 2017
In ignoring the lived reality of colorism, Marshall creates a circumscribed version of blackness that's easy for white audiences to consume, lacks any sort of challenging narrative, and bypasses the more fascinating wrinkles in its characters' lives.
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October 19, 2017
The tight focus helps make Marshall more courtroom drama than biopic.
October 16, 2017
The problem with this hokey courtroom drama isn't that it says the right thing in the wrong way, the problem is that it ultimately doesn't say anything at all.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 15, 2017
A distinct snapshot not only of the main character but of the setting that resulted in his becoming historically important.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2017
Boseman has headlined biopics before as James Brown and Jackie Robinson, and here, he imbues the young Marshall with a quiet confidence and a dogged devotion to truth and justice.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 13, 2017
Marshall reminds us that before the legend, there was the badass young warrior.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2017
Charged by Boseman's dramatic lightning, Marshall gives us an electrifying glimpse of a great man in the making.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2017
...balances clichés against the far-more interesting subject of unlikely camaraderie that blooms out of mutual persecution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 13, 2017
You have to think there are better ways to tell the story of Marshall, his life and his climb to the land's highest court, but those details are left to post-script notes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 13, 2017
For a film simply called "Marshall," you do expect to get a wider slice of his life, which is relegated to onscreen text. In fact, he ultimately becomes an ensemble player in his own eponymous film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 12, 2017
While the film is constructed from top to bottom for maximum popular entertainment, it is unwilling to let us leave the theater without reminding us that these battles are far from over.
October 12, 2017
Here's something refreshing-a great-man biopic, simply titled Marshall, that's more concerned with the man in his earlier years than with the greatness to come.
October 12, 2017
While not the most artful of biographical dramas, when it comes to bringing to life a young, rising attorney deploying the kind of legal acumen that would later make him a boundary-bursting giant, Marshall keeps its eyes on the prize.
October 12, 2017
Like his character, Mr. Boseman is the star of this show, while Mr. Gad is the second banana and often comic relief. Both performers are natural showmen who never step on each other's moment; they're fun to watch.
October 12, 2017
By avoiding his most famous case, while at the same time preserving history - and adding pulpy thrills - "Marshall" is more involving than any textbook or documentary could be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2017
Anchored by topnotch performances by Chadwick Boseman in the title role and Josh Gad, it's a 75-year-old story imbued with modern-day resonance.
October 12, 2017
Don't confuse this with preachy, moralizing history. "Marshall" is not an eat-your-spinach civics lesson. It's a fictional piece loosely based on fact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2017
I don't know if Chadwick Boseman can leap tall buildings in a single bound, but the superman of biopics certainly has a knack for towering figures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2017
"Marshall" is one of the freshest and most entertaining films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 12, 2017
There's enough in Thurgood Marshall's story for another two or three movies, but this one's an engaging chapter in the early morning hours of the civil rights era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2017
Boseman and Gad are both good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 12, 2017
It draws an impressive portrait of Thurgood Marshall as a strong and towering figure. If only it didn't do that by making everyone around him so weak and small.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 12, 2017
In this time of intensifying, acrimonious racial division, maybe what we could all use is an old-fashioned courtroom drama that extols the virtues of justice and equality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2017
"Marshall" revisits such serious history that it feels almost disrespectful to talk about it as a fun movie, but it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2017
Never underestimate the power of a courtroom drama: the ringing questions, the preening lawyers, the dramatic pauses, the clicking of puzzle pieces fitting together, the ultimate belief in justice for all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 11, 2017
A sometimes slight, sometimes serious courtroom drama, shot through with bright certainty in the coming triumphs for Marshall and the civil rights movement. It's a superhero-style origin story: Thurgood, pre-"Brown v. Board of Education," pre-black robe.
October 11, 2017
Sometimes gripping and sometimes silly, a likable entertainment that never purports to resemble in any convincing way the people and times it depicts.
October 11, 2017
It pays attention to issues of racial, religious and gender discrimination without wavering from its main objective: giving us an entertaining film about a couple of guys who are in way over their heads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 9, 2017
The movie urgently dramatizes the threat of racist violence that poisons personal relationships and judicial proceedings alike.
September 26, 2017
It's interesting enough, but that's not usually sufficient recommendation to get audiences out to a theater.
September 26, 2017
By approaching Marshall as just another idealistic young trial lawyer, the film stands on its own as a compelling courtroom drama, complete with surprising revelations ...