Barry (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Barry opens a speculative window into a future president's formative college years, offering a flawed yet compelling glimpse of American history in the making.

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Vikram Gandhi directed this biopic about Barack Obama (Devon Terrell), which focuses on his life as a student at Columbia University in 1981 New York City. There, the future president (then known as Barry) struggles to figure out his identity as he moves between various different communities and social circles. Anya Taylor-Joy, Ashley Judd, Jason Mitchell, and Ellar Coltrane co-star.

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These moments proceed like comic-book panels, each communicating a single point, with little nuance for us to discover.

Dec 29, 2016 | Full Review…

A sharp, well observed picture, one that's not just one president's story but also a sly examination of how race isn't always the major thing that divides us.

Dec 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Ashley Judd provides emotional depth as Barack's mother, and Jason Mitchell and Ellar Coltrane deliver stellar work as friends of Barry's who remind of us of the multiple worlds he inhabits -- and the multiple worlds he will have to navigate.

Dec 21, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Much as with Southside With You, Barry is buoyed by its tremendous lead performer.

Dec 19, 2016 | Full Review…

What Barry most captures is an Obama struggling to find his identity and his place in the world, highly attuned to his surroundings.

Dec 16, 2016 | Full Review…

Barry is about someone trying - and often failing - to fuse to any group that will have him. He uses charm like a chisel. He's always hacking into people's armor to convince them he belongs

Dec 16, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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