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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These moments proceed like comic-book panels, each communicating a single point, with little nuance for us to discover.
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.
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.
Much as with Southside With You, Barry is buoyed by its tremendous lead performer.
What Barry most captures is an Obama struggling to find his identity and his place in the world, highly attuned to his surroundings.
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